Online Privacy News and Views

Facebook Cookies Browser Settings and the CNIL

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Tagged: Facebook, French Cookie Compliance, Cookie Law Enforcement | Leave Comment

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has sent Facebook a formal notice that it is in breach of a number of provisions of French data protection law, and is facing significant fines if it does not make changes to its practice within three months. The ruling has a significant impact on the interpretation of cookie law provisions for browser settings.

Facebook Concedes to Cookie Ruling

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, December 3, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Belgium | Leave Comment

Facebook will be making changes for Belgian visitors in response to a ruling by the country’s Data Protection Commissioner, the company announced yesterday.

Facebook Facing Daily 250K Euro Cookie Fines

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Cookie Law Fines | Leave Comment

Yesterday (10th November) a Belgian court ordered Facebook to stop tracking some non-members across the web. The social media giant was given 2 days to comply, or be issued fines of 250,000 euros per day.

The Cookie Law is not about the Cookies

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Consent, Optanon, Cookie Compliance, Lotame | Leave Comment

When you use cookies on a website, you are very often collecting data about people. Most of the time you can argue that the consequences of this are minor, and most or the time that is mostly true. Sometimes however this exposes those individuals to risks. If those people happen to be some of the more vulnerable members of society, those risks can be significant. If you allow that data to get into the hands of other organisations with no control over what can happen to it, those risks are greater still. And if you are an organisation that is supposed to be helping those people, but seem to be either unaware of these risks, or ignoring them, then this becomes a serious failure in duty of care.

Facebook Challenged Over Cookie Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook | Leave Comment

Facebook’s consumer tracking practices have been coming under increased scrutiny in recent months, including a recent report carried out for Belgium’s Data Protection Authority (DPA), where the authors provide the opinion that the company is in direct breach of the EU cookie laws.

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.

Facebook’s Tracking Reach has Publishers Concerned

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, September 25, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Tracking | Leave Comment

Facebook Like and sharing buttons have become pretty much ubiquitous on websites over the past few years. However, recent changes in policy at Facebook now has many websites concerned, and thinking about calling time on this strategy, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook Home Raises Privacy Concerns

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 5, 2013 | Tagged: Facebook | Leave Comment

Yesterday Facebook announced a major new development that has almost immediately been faced with criticism about its implications for privacy.

Cookies from Facebook

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, July 11, 2011 | Tagged: Facebook | Leave Comment

We have started doing some analysis on some of the websites with the biggest collections of cookies in our database. Whilst it is still early days, we think it is worth sharing what we have uncovered so far.

Facebook 'Like' and Other Social Buttons

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | Tagged: Facebook, Social Media | Leave Comment

There must be hundreds of thousands of websites that have the Facebook 'Like' button on them. If not more. Probably Facebook could tell us if they wanted. It has been a very successful way of promoting a website, and it's an easy way to get on the 'social web' bandwagon, so it's not surprising it's so popular.

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