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.

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 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.

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?

Data Protection Regulation Passes Key Milestone

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Tagged: Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment

Proposals for a new EU wide Data Protection Regulation took a step closer last night as the package passed a key vote in the European Parliament. The LIBE justice committee voted to approve a text for the regulation following some 20 months of lobbying and negotiation. During that time over 3,000 amendments were submitted – a clear record in EU history, and an indication of how important this legislation will be.

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