As promised in my  post earlier today, here is a  summary of the UK Government's latest announcement on transposition of the new cookie rules.  Much of it confirms what we already knew, although there are a few new crumbs of information for those tracking the issue closely. In short: users of behavioural advertising are being encouraged to abide by the "sprit of the revised Directive" until browser-based technical solutions are developed by industry, and guidance from the ICO is promised in time for the transposition deadline of 25 May; enforcement actions are not expected  in the short term.  See below for a more detailed analysis. What's new? (and what isn't?) The latest twist in the long running cookie saga is the publication today (15 April) by the DCMS of its 87 page response document "Implementing the revised EU Electronic Communications Framework".  In relation to cookies (see pages 71 to 76) some … Continue Reading ››
This Datonomist doesn't have the best sense of direction, so I've been glad in recent months to find my way to the excellent Watching the Connectives  blog, which describes itself as "a lawyer's insight into telecoms and technology." And a story from last week in particular caught my eye, about quite how much location data and other data mobile phone operators are obliged to keep about each of us pursuant to the Data Retention Directive. (I say "each of us" but here's a shameless link about one of Justin Bieber's friends who allegedly doesn't use a mobile phone). The introduction of the Data Retention Regulations in the UK was accompanied by many quips from privacy advocates like the one in the title of this post, and a review of the regime in due course was promised. Look out for further information about that latter point and meanwhile do take a … Continue Reading ››