At a recent roundtable  event hosted by Olswang LLP, Datonomy heard a range of perspectives on the new cookie consent requirements.  Readers can find useful resources from the event via the right menu below (scroll down to  "Cookie resources")  including the headline comments from our panel of speakers. Over 30 in house counsel from a range of consumer facing businesses – all getting to grips with compliance with the UK's new rules – attended the breakfast seminar.  Recognising that the legal world is now sick  of cookie puns, croissants were on the breakfast menu instead. The UK regulatory perspective was provided by Dave Evans, Group Manager at the Information Commissioner's Office. The clear message to UK website owners, echoing the ICO's recent guidance, is that doing nothing and hoping a browser-based consent solution will come to the rescue is simply not an option.  Businesses should be analysing the cookies on their websites, informing … Continue Reading ››
For readers who missed the ICO's inaugural webcast last week, or who have not had a chance to read his Annual Report, Datonomy brings you selected highlights. But first (and on an unashamedly smug note) Datonomy is grateful to the Commissioner for his answer to the question it posed via the interactive Q&A feature - which, along with the webcast - was another ICO "first".  We posed the following question: "As Information Commissioner, if you could have three wishes in the year ahead (relating to UK private sector organisations' compliance with privacy legislation, to EU policy - or anything else), what would these be?" The Commissioner responded: "My three wishes? Businesses to wake up to the fact that 90% of consumers are fairly or very concerned about the privacy of personal information held about them - and to think through the implications for reputation when mistakes are made. Website operators to take … Continue Reading ››
Datonomy is pleased to learn that the ICO's 2010/2011 Annual Report will be launched via  webcast tomorrow. In addition, the ICO is inviting the submission of questions to the Commissioner by email in advance of tomorrow's launch. Tune in to the Annual Report section of the ICO's website at this link at 2.30pm on Wednesday 6 July (where it will also remain available on catch up). You are encouraged to email the Commissioner at the email address: to pose all those (data protection) questions you've always wondered about, but were afraid to ask. (But be aware that all questions and answers will also be published on the ICO's website.) The Annual Report is always a must-read for UK data protection practitioners – not so much for the details of the  ICO's balance sheet - although Datonomy is of course  curious to see what impact tiered notification fees and the introduction of … Continue Reading ››