Online Privacy News and Views

European Commission Fines Countries for Cookies Law Failures

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

The EU has started proceedings against five countries for a failure to implement the Cookie Directive into local law in time. The countries in question are: Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.

Article 29 Working Party Publishes Opinion on Exempted Cookies

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, June 14, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

The Article 29 Working Party has this week published an official EU wide opinion on the types of cookies that are exempted from the need for visitor consent.

ICO Sends Warnings on Cookie Law Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 25, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | Leave Comment

It has emerged this week that the ICO has sent letters to the owners of 75 of the UK's top websites, asking them about their cookie law compliance.

Cookie Law Update from the ICO

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | Leave Comment

I took part in a cookie law event this week hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The DCMS being the government department responsible for this particular law.

How Intrusive Are Your Cookies?

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | 3 Comments

Ever since the ICO started giving out guidance to people on complying with the cookie law, there has been this idea of degrees of cookie intrusiveness.

ICO Publishes Updated Cookie Law Guidance

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | Leave Comment

The ICO has published its much anticipated half-term report along with updated guidance on complying with the cookie law in the UK.

W3C Do Not Track Draft Standard and the Cookie Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | Tagged: W3C, Cookie Law, Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Do Not Track (DNT) is a browser based mechanism designed to enable a web user to communicate their privacy wishes to a website, with the idea that the website will then be able to respond in a way that respects that wish.

Can the Cookie Law Build a Better Web?

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

If you read a random selection of blogs, articles and opinions on the cookie law, the view that you are most likely to come across can be broadly stated as: This is a bad law that will break the web, destroy valued services and reduce many companies to dust.

Browsers to the Rescue?

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, October 20, 2011 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

One of the areas of the new cookie law that has been most confusing for many people is the role, or potential role, of browsers in the consent process.

Cookie Law vs Patriot Act

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, September 9, 2011 | Tagged: Cookie Law | 1 Comment

I have recently been reading a series of articles about the implications of the USA Patriot Act for data protection in the EU. These have led me to consider, in my more paranoid moments, whether the Cookie Law was in fact written as a direct response to the potential impact of the US law on the data privacy of EU citizens.

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