Online Privacy News and Views

Data Broker Calls For New Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy, Acxiom, Data Brokers, Privacy Impact Assessments, Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Scott Howe is CEO of Acxiom, one of the largest data technology businesses in the world, and often given the label ‘the largest company you’ve never heard of’. In a potentially ground breaking article in Ad Age just this week, Scott appears to have held his hands up on behalf of an industry and made the statement ‘we must do better’.

Personalisation vs. Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, February 17, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Permission to Personalise, OBA Privacy Choices | Leave Comment Personalisation vs Privacy

Sixty-two percent of British consumers say they would rather have better online privacy, than personalised services and recommendations. Is it time to start getting permission to personalise web services?

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.

Is Privacy the Right Thing to be Talking About?

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

Online privacy has never been a bigger issue than it became in 2013, and all the signs are that it is only going to get bigger in 2014. Yet 'privacy' is not really the heart if the issue. It is really a means to an end...

The Age of Context

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I had the privilege recently to be sent an advance review copy of a new book – The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel It is a fascinating insight into where are headed with our increasing connectedness, and the issues this throws up for privacy, and I would certainly urge anyone interested in this field to read it – especially those legislators in the EU.

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.

Are We in a Privacy Arms Race?

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | Tagged: ePrivacy | 1 Comment

I delivered a presentation entitled 'Rising to the Privacy Challenge' at the DMA UK Data Protection half-day conference last Friday (videos hopefully available soon). During my research, I uncovered a whole series of surveys clearly indicating that consumers are more concerned than ever about their online privacy.

Does Privacy Need a Complete Overhaul?

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I have been reading, and re-reading a very interesting paper recently (Nov. 2012) published by Microsoft - Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data

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