Samaritans pulls suicide watch Radar app over privacy concerns
Sat 8 Nov 2014, 02:40

The charity Samaritans has suspended a new Twitter app which enables users to monitor the accounts of their friends for distressing messages, following a backlash from privacy campaigners. The Radar app, which launched just over a week ago, sends an alert to users when people they follow post messages that suggest depressed or suicidal thoughts. But critics, including the founder of a petition against the app which won more than 1,200 signatures, argued the tool breaches user’s privacy by collecting, processing and sharing sensitive information about their emotional and mental health.

At what age should teenagers pass the 'digital age of consent'?
Tue 22 Dec 2015, 14:20

The European Union’s new data protection rules have finally been agreed by the European Council and await the approval of the European Parliament. But a last-minute addition has sparked a debate about responsibility and consent, by proposing to raise to 16 the “age of consent” under which it is illegal for organisations to handle the individual’s data.

Ad-blocker blocking websites must ask for permission before probing your browser
Sun 24 Apr 2016, 16:37

Under EU law in force since May 2011, people must give their consent before an anti-ad-blocker script can run and hide content on a page.

French DPA issues formal notice to Microsoft to comply with data protection rules
Mon 25 Jul 2016, 10:21

The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data and to stop tracking the web browsing of Windows 10 users without their consent.

Dutch Privacy Watchdog to Nike - You Can't Just Do It
Mon 29 Feb 2016, 13:49

After an investigation by the Dutch Data Protection authority, Nike agreed to take measures to remedy any Dutch privacy violations found in the way it’s Nike+ app was designed. These include: notifying existing users of the app (and Nike+ users on the web) that height and weight are optional, and asking them for consent to retain existing data; introducing a single privacy policy with greater disclosures and a data retention period for inactive users. The Nike+ investigation provides valuable guidance for the mobile health industry regarding privacy issues.

Facebook changes its targeting to appease the French Data Protection Authority
Fri 27 May 2016, 14:50

The CNIL said Facebook's tracking of non-users by placing cookies on their browser without informing them when they visit a Facebook page did not comply with French privacy law. It also said that Facebook uses cookies that collect information and is then used for advertising without Internet users' consent. CNIL also stated that Facebook users should have the option of preventing the social network from profiling them in order to serve them personalized ads. In response, the social network states that the tracking of non-users is done for commercial and not security purposes as previously claimed. Facebook put in place additional control tools which enables compliance with CNIL’s requirement for the data subject’s consent. Users can now request that Facebook advertisements do not appear outside the social network while non-users can request not to be tracked by filling a form on the website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance.