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GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools

New study suggests that many websites are navigating around GDPR by tailoring the design of their cookie consent tools and using dark patterns to provide a misleading veneer of a consent agreement.

According to the researchers, the study illustrates “the extent to which illegal practices prevail, with vendors of CMPs turning a blind eye to — or worse, incentivising — clearly illegal configurations of their systems.”

Source: GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools, Study Reveals – CPO Magazine

Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID

Mozilla is set to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser.

Mozilla intends to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser, a blow for the IAB-led effort to create a standardized online user ID that’s designed to reduce the online ad industry’s reliance on third-party cookies.

Source: Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID – Digiday

Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.

The Contract for the Web requires endorsing governments, companies and individuals to make concrete commitments to protect the web from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Source: Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web | Technology | The Guardian

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers

All six major browser vendors have plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH), a protocol that encrypts DNS traffic and helps improve a user’s privacy on the web.

The DoH protocol has been one of the year’s hot topics. It’s a protocol that, when deployed inside a browser, it allows the browser to hide DNS requests and responses inside regular-looking HTTPS traffic.

Source: DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition | ZDNet

Google ‘protecting ad revenue’ by blocking privacy standards

Google has voted against measures aimed at preserving web users’ privacy in what would have been an expansion of the powers of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) privacy wing.

The proposals, which 24 other voting members supported unanimously, involved handing the Privacy Interest Group (PING) the capacity to block any development projects that it felt undermined user privacy.

Alphabet Inc was the only member in the W3C working group that voted against the proposed charter, effectively vetoing the plans and kicking them back into development.

Source: Google ‘protecting ad revenue’ by blocking privacy standards | IT PRO

Web feature developers need to pay more attention to privacy and security

Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions.

Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s Security and Privacy Questionnaire for web feature developers.

Full article: Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security | TechCrunch

ICO issues draft code of practice on designing online services for children

Earlier this month, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office published a draft code of practice (“Code”) on designing online services for children. The Code is now open for public consultation until May 31, 2019.

The Code sets out 16 standards of “age appropriate design” with which online service providers should comply when designing online services (such as apps, connected toys, social media platforms, online games, educational websites and streaming services) that children under the age of 18 are likely to access.

Source: ICO issues draft code of practice on designing online services for children

European Commission Weighs in on the Side of Privacy in WHOIS

The European Commission (EC) has finally weighed in on the recommendations of ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP).

The EPDP is reforming WHOIS to make it consistent with GDPR and privacy rights. The EC comments are aligned with the positions of privacy advocates.

Source: European Commission Weighs in on the Side of Privacy in WHOIS

EDPB Publishes Guidelines on the Contractual Legal Basis for Data Processing of Online Services

On April 12, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published draft guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects.

The Guidelines discuss how the “contract” legal basis applies in the context of online services or “information society services,” defined as “any service normally provided for remuneration, at a distance, by electronic means and at the individual request of a recipient of services.”

Source: EDPB Publishes Guidelines on the Contractual Legal Basis for Data Processing of Online Services

EDPB seeks comments on its Guidelines on the processing of personal data for online services 

The European Data Protection Board welcomes comments on the Guidelines 2/2019 on on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects. Such comments should be sent to EDPB by 24/05/2019 at the latest.

More infoemation: Guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects | European Data Protection Board

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