Online Privacy News and Views
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.