Posts Tagged ‘consent’

UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

December 20th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments


nk497 writes “Earlier this year, the UK’s data watchdog the ICO started enforcing an EU rule that means websites must ask visitors before dropping cookies onto their computers. However, it was willing to accept “implied consent” — telling visitors that cookies are used on the site, and assuming they were fine with that if they keep using the site. That led to banners popping up on every major website, including the ICO’s site, warning users about cookies. Now, the ICO has revealed that many of the cookie-related complaints it’s received in the past six months are actually about those banners — and the law itself. The ICO said people “are unhappy with implied consent mechanisms, especially where cookies are placed immediately on entry to the site”, adding “a significant number of people also raised concerns about the new rules themselves and the effect of usability of websites.”"

Source: UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

November 22nd, 2012 11:11 admin View Comments


dsinc writes “Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. ‘The authorities are using technology to monitor women,’ said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the ‘state of slavery under which women are held’ in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the ‘yellow sheet’ at the airport or border.”

Source: Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

Preventing Another Carrier IQ: Introducing the Mobile Device Privacy Act

September 14th, 2012 09:50 admin View Comments


MrSeb writes “Lawmakers in Washington have turned their sights on mobile device tracking, proposing legislation aimed at making it much harder for companies to track you without consent. The Mobile Device Privacy Act (PDF) makes it illegal for companies to monitor device users without their expressed consent. The bill was introduced Thursday by Massachusetts Democrat Representative Edward Markey, co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus. Much of the impetus for the bill came from last year’s Carrier IQ debacle, where it emerged that the company’s software was found to exist on both iOS and Android devices on AT&T and Sprint’s networks. While the company denied any wrongdoing, the software captured keystrokes and sent the details of your device usage back to the carriers. If passed, the legislation would require the disclosure of including tracking software at the time of the purchase of the phone, or during ownership if a software update or app would add such software to the device, and the consumer gains the right to refuse to be tracked. This disclosure must include what types of information is collected, who it is transmitted to, and how it will be used.”

Source: Preventing Another Carrier IQ: Introducing the Mobile Device Privacy Act

Google Clamps Down On Spam, Intrusive Ads In Apps

August 1st, 2012 08:39 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader tips news that Google has sent out a letter to app developers explaining policy changes for any new apps published on the Google Play store. In-app purchases must now use Google Play’s payment system unless it’s for goods or services used outside the app itself. They’ve added language to dissuade developers from making their apps look like other apps, or like they come from other developers. But more significantly, Google has explained in detail what qualifies as spam: repetitive content, misleading product descriptions, gaming the rating system, affiliate traffic apps, or apps that send communications without user consent. Also, advertisements within apps must now follow the same rules as the app itself, and they can’t be intrusive: Ads can’t install things like shortcuts or icons without consent, they must notify the user of settings changes, they can’t simulate notifications, and they can’t request personal information to grant full app function.

Source: Google Clamps Down On Spam, Intrusive Ads In Apps

FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

February 16th, 2012 02:15 admin View Comments


Cara_Latham writes “If you want to receive annoying robocalls from telemarketers you will have to opt in. Federal Communications Commission rules now require that telemarketers get your consent before dialing your number. Telemarketers will also have to obtain consent even if they had previously ‘done business with’ the consumer on the receiving end of a call.”

Source: FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft Ties IE 10 To Win 8

October 26th, 2011 10:53 admin View Comments


deadeyefred writes “With the last vestiges of Microsoft’s U.S. antitrust consent decree expiring earlier this year, the company is again tying its browser tightly to Windows. In pre-release versions of IE 10 and Windows 8, IE 10 cannot be uninstalled and is required to enable the new ‘Metro’-style apps.”

Source: Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft Ties IE 10 To Win 8

Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

May 9th, 2011 05:23 admin View Comments


pbahra writes “The Information Commissioner’s Office has, with just over two weeks to go, given its interpretation on what websites must do to comply with new EU regulations concerning the use of cookies. The law, which will come into force on 26 May 2011, comes from an amendment to the EU’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive. It requires UK businesses and organizations running websites in the UK to get informed consent from visitors to their websites in order to store and retrieve information on users’ computers. The most controversial area, third-party cookies, remains problematic. If a website owner allows another party to set cookies via their site (and it is a very common practice for internet advertisers) then the waters are still muddy. And embarrassingly for the Commission — it’s current site would not be compliant with its new guidelines as it simply states what they do and does not seek users’ consent.”

Source: Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

Twitter Gets Hit With Bizarre Class Action Lawsuit Over Unsolicited SMS Notifications

April 29th, 2011 04:50 admin View Comments

Two California residents, Drew Moss and Sahar Maleksaeedi, have filed a rather peculiar class action lawsuit against Twitter (see documents embedded below).

Basically, they’re suing over the fact that Twitter sent a confirmatory SMS to their cellphone after they themselves used an SMS command (‘STOP’) meant to turn off all phone notifications.

The two men allege that Twitter has engaged in unlawful conduct by contacting them on their mobile phones without their consent, which they say is a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) and an invasion of their privacy.

Here’s the relevant part in the lawsuit documents:

At some point Plaintiffs decided that they no longer wanted to receive text message notifications on their cellular telephone from Defendant.

Plaintiffs then responded to Defendant’s last text message notification by replying “stop,” as instructed by Twitter.

At this point, Plaintiffs withdrew any express or implied consent to receive text message notification to their cellular telephone that they may have previous given Twitter.

In response to receiving this revocation of consent, Defendant then immediately sent another, unsolicited, confirmatory text message to Plaintiffs’ cellular telephones.

Moss and Maleksaeedi says an “automatic telephone dialing system” was employed to deliver the confirmatory message, and that they incurred a charge for incoming calls as a result. This is illegal, the two men claim, because the message in question was not sent for emergency purposes and without prior consent given.

According to the lawsuit documents, Moss and Maleksaeedi seek up to $1,500 in damages for each call in alleged violation of the TCPA, which, when aggregated among a proposed class number in the “tens of thousands”, would exceed the $5 million threshold for federal court jurisdiction. The suit is expressly not intended to request any recovery for personal injury.

I’ve contacted Twitter for comment on this rather bizarre lawsuit but haven’t heard back yet (it’s still very early in California, so we’ll update as soon as we get a response).

(Photo by Flickr user mira66, used with permission)


Source: Twitter Gets Hit With Bizarre Class Action Lawsuit Over Unsolicited SMS Notifications

New EU Net Rules Set To Make Cookies Crumble

March 9th, 2011 03:08 admin View Comments


NickstaDB writes “From the BBC article: ‘From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”. These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly. Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.’”

Source: New EU Net Rules Set To Make Cookies Crumble

Former Congressman Learns About Streisand Effect

December 16th, 2009 12:18 admin View Comments

corbettw writes Ted Alvin Klaudt, a former South Dakota lawmaker convicted of raping his two foster daughters, has sent news organizations what he claims is a copyright notice that seeks to prevent the use of his name without his consent.” The story says Klaudt maintains “no one can use his name without his consent, and anyone who does would owe him $500,000.”

Source: Former Congressman Learns About Streisand Effect