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Austrian DPA Issues Decision on Validity of Cookie Consent Solution

On November 30, 2018, the Austrian Data Protection Authority published a decision in response to a complaint received from an individual regarding the cookie consent options offered on an Austrian newspaper’s website.

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Targeted advertising targeted by the French DPA

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, the CNIL has issued four public formal notices against Fidzup, Singlespot, Teemo and recently against Vectaury, all of whom are involved in the advertising business.

The CNIL’s formal notices come at a time when the advertising sector is still debating the alternative between “consent” and the controller’s ”legitimate interest” as a legal basis to process personal data for the purpose of targeting advertising. In the above-mentioned cases, the concerned intermediaries were extensively collecting location data from users’ smartphones and combining them with other sets of data, which requires consent under the GDPR.

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Austria: “Cookie Walls / Paywalls” hybrids are permissible?

In a recent case, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (ADPA) decided for the first time on the permissibility of a consent for the use of cookies, as well as the concept of freely given consent under the GDPR.

The case involves the cookie consent on the website of an Austrian newspaper. In this decision, the ADPA has seen a hybrid cookie wall / paywall solution as permissible, but has failed to address several important issues potentially arising in such cases

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Google facing mounting pressure over tracking tactics

Google’s data privacy practices are attracting the regulator attention, due to the search engine’s tracking of user locations, the BBC news website reports. Seven organisations have come together to file complaints with a number of regional watchdogs over Google’s tracking behaviours, with issues based on research which suggests users have no choice but to engage with the tracking system.

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Browsers aim to thwart tracking

New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.

Source: Apple, Firefox browsers aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

Here’s how GDPR is already changing web design

When Europe’s sweeping privacy regulations (called GDPR) took effect in May, it was unclear just how much the new rules would affect this completely ubiquitous fact of life on the internet, but a report from the Reuters Institute gives us an early look: Among news sites–which tend to use the most cookies, since they’re dependent on ad dollars–cookies are down by 22%.

Source: Third-party cookies have dropped by 22% since GDPR took effect

French website publisher fined for violation of the cookie requirements

The French Council of State affirmed the EUR 25,000 fine imposed by the CNIL on Editions Croque Futur (challenges.fr) for non-compliance with French data protection law, and in particular cookie requirements.

This decision is particularly interesting in that it clarifies that browser settings are not always a valid means of consent to cookies, while many cookies policies out there still refer to such browser settings as the only way to control cookies.

Source: FRANCE: Website publisher fined for violation of the cookie requirements

Cookie Consent Is the New Panic

Judging by the number of calls and the intensity of the discussions about how to comply with the cookie consent requirement in a post-GDPR world, this issue has become a top worry for organisations and data protection officers. Partly due to the visibility of the mechanisms used to collect this consent, and partly due to the potential implications of operating a website without cookies, the dilemma around what solution to deploy has become a serious business decision.

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How will the changing environment shape cookie collection?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation will transform the way businesses collate, store, process and analyze consumer data, including a long-favored tracking staple: the cookie. So, in a post-GDPR world of increased consumer rights and stricter privacy laws, how can companies responsibly harness data insights to deliver the personalized experiences customers deserve, while adhering to updated data governance laws?

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