Privacy watchdog “not ready” to deal with cookie complaints, according to FOI request –

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has yet to begin investigating websites accused of breaking the new cookie laws, which came into force last year, because it does not yet have an investigative team in place.”

Full story, 20th August 2012


Forced marriage advice to help victims with learning disabilities – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2012 in consent, forced marriages, learning difficulties, local government, news by sally

“Fifty English councils are bringing in policies to tackle the rise in the number of people with learning disabilities entering forced marriages.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2012


Psychic faces jail for conning women into performing naked sex acts – The Independent

“A psychic who conned young female disciples into stripping off for raunchy spiritualist sessions is facing jail.”

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The Independent, 22nd June 2012


Websites may only place cookies without user consent if services would not work without them, say regulators –

Posted June 13th, 2012 in consent, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Website operators can only take advantage of an exemption from new cookie laws if site users specifically request a service or function and that service would not work without the serving of the cookie, EU data protection regulators have warned.”

Full story, 13th June 2012


Cookie law disaster should force companies to emulate patent world lobbying, says expert –

Posted June 13th, 2012 in consent, data protection, EC law, enforcement, internet, news, patents, privacy by sally

“UK authorities are beginning tentatively to enforce the cookies law and, after the compliance panic of the past month, companies can now sit back and examine where the fault lies for the development of such a poor, troublesome law.”

Full story, 13th June 2012


Major organisations mostly non-compliant with new laws on cookies, new research claims –

Posted June 7th, 2012 in consent, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Fewer than one in five major UK organisations have introduced mechanisms on their websites for obtaining users’ consent to ‘cookies’ which are compliant with the law, an accountancy firm has claimed.”

Full story, 6th June 2012


Consent not required for disclosure of fully anonymised personal data, ICO says –

Posted June 1st, 2012 in anonymity, consent, data protection, news by tracey

“Organisations that properly anonymise personally identifying information do not have to comply with data protection laws in order to disclose the altered information, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

Full story, 31st May 2012


Cookies law changed at 11th hour to introduce ‘implied consent’ – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2012 in consent, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

“New EU regulations on the use by British websites of cookies have been watered down by the UK’s information commissioner just hours before they were due to come into force.”

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The Guardian, 26th May 2012


Clarifying cookie consent – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 21st, 2012 in consent, data protection, EC law, fines, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Three years have gone by since the European Parliament shocked and awed everyone by tweaking the e-privacy directive and introducing the most controversial word in the data protection glossary – consent – in the provision that deals with Internet cookies.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th May 2012


Court of Protection Update – Family Law Week

Posted May 14th, 2012 in consent, Court of Protection, DNA, mental health, news, sexual offences, wills by sally

“Sally Bradley, Barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings analyses recent decisions in the Court of Protection relating to capacity to consent to sexual relations, DNA testing and statutory wills.”

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Family Law Week, 11th May 2012


How will the new law on cookies affect internet browsing? – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2012 in consent, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Websites track visitors’ activity, but will legal changes to users’ consent make a difference to the Guardian or other sites?”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2012


Enforcement of cookie consent rules for analytics not a priority, ICO says –

Posted April 11th, 2012 in consent, data protection, EC law, enforcement, internet, news by sally

“The UK’s data protection watchdog is not likely to take action against the users of data analytics cookies on websites even if they fall foul of new EU rules on cookie consent, it has said.”

Full story, 10th April 2012


Processing images in order to suggest identity of people featured not permissible without consent, privacy watchdog says –

Posted April 5th, 2012 in consent, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

Social networking sites need to obtain users’ ‘informed consent’ before suggesting to other users that those individuals feature in photos that they are uploading to the site, an EU privacy watchdog has said.

Full story, 4th April 2012


‘Consent’ may not count for malware-infected apps, regulator says –

Posted February 29th, 2012 in consent, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by tracey

“The premium rate phone regulator might disregard consumer consent for paid-for mobile applications if those apps turn out to contain malicious code, the premium rate services (PRS) regulator has said.”

Full story, 29th February 2012


Court bans autistic woman from having sex – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 15th, 2012 in autism, consent, disabled persons, mental health, news, sexual offences by sally

“The Court of Protection has ruled that an autistic woman with an IQ of 64 does not have the mental capacity to engage in sexual relations, on the basis that she does not understand the implications and cannot effectively deploy the information she has understood into her decisions.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2012


Publishers must do more to comply with cookie laws, says privacy watchdog –

Posted December 15th, 2011 in consent, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Website publishers must do more to make sure that they are in compliance with new laws introduced this year on informing web users about the use of cookies, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

Full story, 15th December 2011


Reveal Prince Charles’s input on planning law, government urged – The Guardian

“The government is facing growing pressure to reveal how the Prince of Wales has used his power of consent over draft legislation after it emerged ministers asked him to approve planning and construction laws because they might directly affect the private £700m property empire that provides his annual income.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2011


EU privacy watchdogs contradict UK position on cookie consent –

Posted July 25th, 2011 in consent, data protection, EC law, internet, news by tracey

“EU data protection watchdogs have contradicted UK regulations on the use of cookies, advising the European Commission to specify that user consent must be obtained before cookies are used.”

Full story, 25th July 2011


Internet security: cookie monster unleashed following EU ruling – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in consent, EC law, internet, news by sally

“Warning notices at the top of websites, annoying pop-up windows, forms asking for your consent … fears have been voiced that browsing the web could become more complicated and time-consuming as a result of ‘challenging’ new EU rules on internet cookies.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2011


New law on cookies, data breaches and ICO powers comes into force today –

Posted May 26th, 2011 in consent, data protection, EC law, internet, legislation, news, privacy by sally

“New laws governing cookies, personal data breaches and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog come into force today. The Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations implement changes in EU law.”

Full story, 26th May 2011