Category: Data privacy

Ready for Cookie Sweep Day?

Cookie Sweep Day is coming! The French data protection authority CNIL will conduct a “cookie sweep” this coming September 15 to verify compliance with its recommendations on cookies and tracers used to collect and store personal user information on websites. These audits will be both on-site and remote inspections, meaning that as a website owner, your […]

Not so Safe Harbor: EU-US data protection cooperation on the rocks.

After the Snowden relevations, the European Union is finally getting its data privacy act together and it looks like a brutal fight is ahead, possibly leaving global corporations’ reliance on the longstanding safe harbor provisions, standard clauses and consents listing somewhere mid-Atlantic. Here’s the EU Commission VP & Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Reding […]

Is Google Analytics Illegal?

Today the Norwegian data privacy authority declared that it considers the use of the Google Analytics tool by the national tax administration and the educational loan fund illegal. Their argument is relatively clear. The public agencies apparently accepted Google’s standard terms of service which allows it to use IP addresses of tax and education fund users […]

What you don’t know about EU DATA PRIVACY law and why you need to know it today.

Outside a select group of specialists in IT law (and the even more limited and select group of data privacy law specialists), few company advisors or corporate legal departments truly understand how to be in perfect compliance with European Union data privacy regulations. Yet nearly every company doing business in the EU has to comply. […]

69 Questions: EU quizes the G on its new privacy policy.

France’s data privacy authority CNIL (acting under EU mandate) sent Google the following questionnaire in order to clarify a number of concerns on the policy’s implementation, Google’s due diligence vis-a-vis its users and compliance of the policy with EU regulations. The EU’s Article 29 Working Party (grouping Member State data protection authorities) stated that it further […]

What to make of the EU reaction to Google’s new privacy policy?

Yesterday’s letter from the French National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) points out some very specific problems in Google’s widely publicized new privacy policy, which comes into effect 1 March. While the new policy is exemplary in its clear language, the issues the CNIL enumerates are not so arcane as to concern only specialists in […]