Online Privacy News and Views

Future of EU Cookie Compliance Webinar: GDPR & the E-Privacy Regulation

By: Gilbert Hill | Friday, January 13, 2017 | Tagged: GDPR, cookies, ePrivacy Regulation | Leave Comment

GDPR and now the proposed E-Privacy Regulation mean a stricter regime for cookie compliance, web governance and use of online tracking technologies. Join privacy experts from Hogan Lovells, OneTrust & Blackrock to learn more about the future of EU Cookie Compliance and how it impacts your organisation in our Webinar on 19th January.

Draft EU ePrivacy Regulation Leaked

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ePrivacy, ePrivacy Regulation | Leave Comment

A draft of the proposed legislation to replace the outdated EU ePrivacy Directive was leaked on the Politico.eu (PDF) website this week. The proposal is for a much stricter regime, requiring prior consent for cookies and any kind of online tracking techniques. Fines for failure to comply may reach as high as 4% of a company’s global revenues.

The GDPR, Cookie Consent and Customer Centric Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 13, 2016 | Tagged: GDPR, Customer Centric Privacy, Cookie Consent, Cookie Law, Cookie Law Review | Leave Comment

The EU GDPR heralds a big change for online services and explicitly brings the use of cookies and similar technologies under its remit. The European Commission has now launched a public consultation for a revision of the ePrivacy Directive from which the EU cookie laws are derived to make sure these two instruments are harmonised for maximum consistency in the areas where they overlap. In this article I provide an overview of what the GDPR may mean for cookie consent as we have come to know it, and the opportunities this presents for forward thinking businesses to embrace a customer first online experience with respect to privacy.

Towards a Web Privacy Benchmark

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 1, 2016 | Tagged: Data Privacy, cookies, privacy benchmark | Leave Comment

We have been providing cookie audits for customers for several years now, and we often get asked by clients how their website compares to others. Is it time to start thinking about a web privacy benchmark?

Data Privacy in 2016 – A Look Ahead

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, December 7, 2015 | Tagged: Data Privacy, GDPR, Safe Harbour, Privacy Impact Assessments, Privacy by Design | Leave Comment

2015 has been a big year for privacy, but 2016 could be even bigger. In this article I provide a few thoughts about what I thinkt the important issues will be.

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.

Cross Device Tracking Getting Regulator Attention

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, May 18, 2015 | Tagged: Online Privacy, Tracking, Cross Device Tracking, Online Marketing | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

One of the big issues faced by the online advertising industry at the moment is the fragmentation of audiences onto different access devices. Their preferred solution to this problem is cross-device tracking, but this raises new privacy issues, which are drawing increased attention from regulators. In this article we look at the issues, and what it may mean for the future of marketing.

Cookie Law to be Reviewed in 2015

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ePrivacy Directive, e-Privacy | Leave Comment

The EU ePrivacy Directive, which gave rise to the current cookie laws in the UK and rest of Europe, is scheduled to be reviewed by the European Commission in 2015. This was revealed last week after the new Commission President elect, Jean-Claude Juncker published the Mission Letters written to his Commissioners.

Privacy the Play – Entertaining and Informative

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 25, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy Play, Snowden | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

I went to see the new play last night, Privacy, showing in the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London. Its aim is to tell the story of both the social and personal impact of online surveillance, by governments and corporations.

Heartbleed and Privacy by Design

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Tagged: Heartbleed, Privacy by Design | Leave Comment Heartbleed

News of the Heartbleed bug has caused widespread consternation in the last few days, and a lot of scrambling to patch the millions of systems that may have been compromised. However, increasing security on its own is not the whole answer to these sorts of problems.

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