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