Tag Archives: Cookies

Article 29 Working Party Reports on Cookie Sweep Results

On February 3, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a report on a sweep of 478 websites across eight EU Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom). The sweep was conducted to assess compliance with Article 5.3 of the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by 2009/136/EC.… Continue Reading

French Data Protection Authority Reviews 100 Websites During EU Cookies Sweep Day

On September 18, 2014, the French Data Protection Authority announced plans to review 100 French websites on September 18-19, 2014. The CNIL’s review is being carried out as part of the European “cookies sweep day” initiative, an EU online compliance audit organized by the Article 29 Working Party to verify whether major EU websites are complying with EU cookie law requirements.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Releases Its Annual Report for 2013/2014

On July 15, 2014, the UK Information Commissioner's Office released its Annual Report for 2013/14, in which it calls for increases in its funding and substantial new powers to help combat a range of growing privacy and data protection concerns.… Continue Reading

Hunton Global Privacy Update – January 2014

On January 21, 2014, the Hunton and Williams Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group hosted the latest webcast in its Hunton Global Privacy Update series. This blog post provides a link to a recording of the session and previous updates. … Continue Reading

UK High Court Rules in Cookies Claim Against Google

On January 16, 2014 the High Court in London rejected submissions made on behalf of Google Inc. (“Google”) that the case brought against it by three UK-based users of Apple’s Safari browser should be heard in the U.S., rather than before an English court. The decision means that the case could be heard before a … Continue Reading

State AGs Reach Settlement with Google on Safari Tracking

On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Obtaining Cookie Consent

On October 2, 2013, the Article 29 Working Party issued a Working Document providing guidance on how to obtain consent for the use of cookies and similar technologies in compliance with EU legal requirements. This blog entry summarizes the Working Document's suggestions of what to include in a cookie consent mechanism.… Continue Reading

FTC Reminds Companies of Impending COPPA Deadline

On May 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission sent educational letters to over 90 businesses that appear to collect personal information from children under the age of 13, reminding them of the impending July 1 deadline for compliance with the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

Mexico Issues Cookie and Web Beacon Rules and Privacy Notice Requirements

On January 17, 2013, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published its Lineamientos del Aviso de Privacidad, which it prepared in collaboration with the Mexican data protection authority. The Guidelines introduce heightened notice and opt-out requirements for the use of cookies, web beacons and similar technology, and will take effect in mid-April.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Updated COPPA Rule

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced the adoption of its amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The amendments, which will become effective on July 1, 2013, include updated definitions, expansion and clarification of methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, application of the Rule to certain third-party data collectors and new data retention and deletion requirements.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Releases Cookies Enforcement Report

On December 18, 2012, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) released an enforcement report (the “Report”) on the extent of compliance with recent changes to UK law governing the use of cookies (The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011). The ICO previously issued an interim report on organizations’ attempts to achieve compliance, in … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Charges of “History Sniffing”

On December 5, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the online advertising company Epic Marketplace, Inc. agreed to settle charges that it engaged in "history sniffing" to secretly and illegally collect information about consumers' interest in sensitive medical and financial issues.… Continue Reading

New UK Online Behavioral Advertising Code Released

On November 21, 2012, the UK Committee of Advertising Practice released new rules on online behavioral advertising that are part of a wider pan-European industry initiative to further refine the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.… Continue Reading