Online Privacy News and Views

Ignoring Do Not Track Risks Cookie Law Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, December 4, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Cookie Law, ICO, Implied Consent | Leave Comment

The UK’s most used cookie law compliance model is not compliant if Do Not Track requests are ignored by websites setting tracking cookies, according to the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) case work team.

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 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.

City of London Smartphone Tracking Bins

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, Smartphones | 1 Comment

Last week we learned that a marketing start-up Renew has been trialling the use of tracking technology on the streets of London - through wifi enabled recycling bins. The news of this activity caused quite a stir, to the point that within a few days, the City of London Corporation, the local government body, ordered the data collection to stop just a few days later, and asked the Information Commissioners Office, the UK's privacy regulator, to investigate a potential breach of the law. See - City of London smartphone tracking wi-fi usage banned. However, the question of the legality of the activity is only part of the story, what is perhaps more interesting is the potential for reputational damage that results from such covert tracking activity.

OFT Warning on Cookies for Personalised Pricing

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 24, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ICO | Leave Comment

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) appears to be taking a more proactive approach to reminding businesses of their obligations under the cookie law, than the UK's official enforcer of the cookie regulations, the ICO.

Privacy: Consumers Care but Regulators Don’t?

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, ePrivacy | Leave Comment

This week the ICO released new data about the complaints it has received about the use of cookies on websites. Between January and March this year just 87 complaints were made via their website. This compares to over 78,000 complaints about 'unwanted marketing communications' - although that could be anything from spam texts to direct mail. The chart below summarises the number of cookie complaints they have had to date.

ICO Website Creates New Implied Consent Reference Model

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, February 1, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, Implied Consent | 3 Comments

Last week the ICO gave us advance notice that they were going to change their website to an implied consent model of cookie law compliance.

ICO Publishes Updated Cookie Enforcement Report

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

Yesterday the ICO published its much anticipated update to its enforcement activity for compliance with the cookies law. It is not as dramatic a document as some had perhaps expected or hoped for. There are no announcements of big fines.

ICO Publishes First Cookie Law Enforcement Statistics

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

The ICO has launched a new 'enforcement' section on its website today which includes the first reports on its activity to monitor and enforce the cookie law.

ICO Responds to Criticisms

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

The ICO came under fire recently when a publicised Freedom of Information request published by PC Pro claimed their response as evidence that they are not properly prepared to enforce the cookie law.

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