Online Privacy News and Views

Spanish Cookie Law Fines First in EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law Fines, Spanish DPA, Cookie Notices | Leave Comment

The first fines specifically for cookie law compliance failures have been handed out by the Spanish Data Protection Authority. They were handed out to two companies running a number of jewellery websites, one of which was an online store.

Consumers Want Transparency and Control over Online Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Cookie Law, Data Protection | Leave Comment

As part of its commitment of Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day for North Americans) Microsoft yesterday released results of a new consumer survey about attitudes to privacy.

French DPA Issues New Cookie Compliance FAQs

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL, French Cookie Compliance | 1 Comment

The French Data Protection Authority the CNIL has recently issued guidance and FAQs for website operators on how to comply with the French implementation of the cookie law, which requires an opt-in model for consent.

Google in Breach of Dutch Data Protection Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, Data Protection Act, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Following a lengthy investigation, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has published findings that it says Google’s privacy policy is in breach of the Dutch Data Protection Act. Particular consideration was given to changes to the policy in March 2012, which gave Google rights to combine personal data from users of it different services, through cookies and other online identifiers.

The Cookie Law vs. The DPR

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 25, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, EUDATAP | 1 Comment

The Cookie Law and the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation (DPR) appear to be contradicting each other. Which one will win out when the DPR comes into force as expected?

Important New Cookies Guidance Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Article29 WP | 3 Comments

The Article 29 Working Party has today issued new guidance on the requirements for websites to be compliant with the cookie law. The body has been looking at the various cookie consent solutions that have been used, so this new guidance is really focussed on the practical aspects of compliance.

The Cookie Law Lives

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law | 1 Comment

If you actively follow articles and news about the cookie law, and if you are reading this I assume you do, then you cannot have failed to notice the apparent affirmation that the cookie law is no more, and you have probably seen the widely circulated 'The cookie law is dead' infographic.

OFT Warning on Cookies for Personalised Pricing

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 24, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | Leave Comment

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) appears to be taking a more proactive approach to reminding businesses of their obligations under the cookie law, than the UK's official enforcer of the cookie regulations, the ICO.

One Fifth of UK Consumers Reject Online Tracking

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Do Not Track | 1 Comment

Almost exactly a year ago, Mozilla released figures showing that user adoption of Do Not Track had grown by 35% in six months. Last week they released a new Do Not Track dashboard which shows how that growth has not only continued, but accelerated.

Google Goes Cookie Law Compliant

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 19, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Google | Leave Comment

The world's largest web company has started moving towards complying with the cookie law, nearly two years after it came into effect in the UK and other EU countries.

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