Tag Archives: Protection

ICO Adopts Enforcement Action Plan

The UK data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has published its long-awaited guidance on the factors it will take into account when considering whether to initiate enforcement action for data protection breaches and what form any such action should take. Its Data Protection Regulatory Action Policy, comes in the wake of yet another serious data breach by a … Continue Reading

UK Websites Are Failing To Comply With New Cookie Laws

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has received 169 complaints thus far about websites failing to comply with the cookie law that came into force on May 26. Operators of UK websites were given until that date to ensure that user consent for cookies is obtained prior to access to the website being granted, although … Continue Reading

Current Data Protection Rules: Time to be Forgotten?

 The European Commission has proposed a review of the 1995 Data Protection Directive in a bid to keep up with fast paced technological development in the digital world. The Commission hopes new rules will strengthen online privacy, cut down burdensome administrative costs and reinforce consumer trust online. The Commission’s proposals will be passed to European … Continue Reading

Twitter At Your Peril – Duty to Disclose Paid for Blogging

It comes as no surprise that the Office of Fair Trading, (OFT) has confirmed that on line marketing and PR practices that do not disclose the fact they include paid for promotions are deceptive and a breach of the Consumer Protection regulations, (CPRs). ReACTS has been advising marketers to beware for some time about such practices, and … Continue Reading

Common sense, you can photograph your kid’s school nativity play

At last, common sense has triumphed with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issuing a press release confirming that the Data Protection Act 1998 does not prevent family and friends from taking photographs at school concerts or plays this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean little Johnny can appear in the next sweetie ad! The ICO emphasised … Continue Reading

An Internet Bill of Rights?

Governments across the world are increasingly under pressure from privacy advocates and some consumers to better regulate the use of personal data on line. Under Ed Vaizey’s proposed plan announced last week, Google and Facebook and other social media networks and search engines would be required to sign up to a new code under which consumers would … Continue Reading

Google’s New Trade Mark Policy – Buyers Beware

Google’s new trademark policy comes into play from the 14th September 2010 in UK, Ireland and Canada, and effectively most of Europe. The change has been received with differing views. One view is that it will ultimately result in a better surfing experience for users; the other is that it is nothing other than a ruse … Continue Reading
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