Online Privacy News and Views

Online Privacy: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy | Leave Comment

I read a lot of cookie policies. I realise that puts me in a very small minority, but it is part of my job. However, I think they can be very enlightening. Often overlooked as the poor cousin to the privacy policy, I believe I can learn much more about a company’s real attitudes to operational privacy from their cookie policy than I can with their privacy policy.

Is Facebook’s Ad Platform Incompatible with EU Law?

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 3, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Act, ICO, Facebook, Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Facebook has announced the launch of a new online advertising platform that looks set to take consumer tracking to a whole new level, and is likely to open up a new front in the battle for online privacy. It may also be in breach of EU marketing and privacy rules.

Google Ruled Responsible for Privacy in Search

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | Tagged: Google, Right To Be Forgotten, Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment Google logo

In a decision that may have wide reaching consequences the European Court of Justice has ruled that search engines should be held responsible for the protection of personal data in search results, even if the data concerned is legally available elsewhere.

Safer Internet Day – A Privacy Fail

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Safer Internet Day | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Today is Safer Internet Day – where many worthy organisations come together to promote online safety – especially for the young and vulnerable. But the organisers have failed to deliver on online privacy.

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.

Data Protection – Law and Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Big Data Ethics | Leave Comment

Today is Data Protection Day in the EU, and Data Privacy Day in the USA and Canada. It’s a time when privacy people will be engaged in all sorts of initiatives to help raise awareness and educate colleagues, customers and citizens about their respective rights and responsibilities. In this article I look at the interplay between law and ethics when it comes to the handling of personal information.

Consumers Are Defending Their Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, January 24, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy, Data Protection Regulation, EUDATAP | Leave Comment

The Guardian has reported this week on findings by the GlobalWebIndex (GWI), which they claim show that privacy concerns amongst consumers have led to dramatic increase in the use of privacy enhancing tools. According to the report, GWI is suggesting that over half of the world’s internet users, 56% feel that personal privacy is being eroded - and they are doing something about it.

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.

Are Data Protection Changes Delayed?

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 1, 2013 | Tagged: Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment

There has been much talk in privacy circles this week about a delay to the schedule for bringing the new EU Data Protection Regulation into force. But what is really going on?

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?

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