“Given the legal requirements for explicit, informed consent, it is obvious that the vast majority of cookie consent notices are not compliant with European privacy law – researchers at the University of Michigan have found.”

“If given a choice, just 0.1 percent of site visitors would freely choose to enable all cookie categories/vendors — i.e.

Red Card! The Spanish Data Protection Authority has issued LaLiga a 250,000 EUR fine for using its mobile app to detect bars illegally broadcasting soccer matches, without duly disclosing this data processing activity in violation of GDPR.

When installing the application and receiving user approval, LaLiga remotely activated the microphone of any user’s mobile phone

The “agree button is one of the biggest lies on the internet. This is not consent. This is not notice,” said U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation Simon McDougall.

People are now living in an “age of unhappiness” and are not feeling empowered, says McDougall. With large tech companies, the

“If you start reading all privacy notices you receive, you will spend too much time reading these notices. On the other hand, if a person [ticks a box] ‘I accept and understand’ but they don’t know what they’re consenting to, that is not acceptable either. A reasonable approach is in-between,” said Giovanni Buttarelli, the European

“This call may be recorded for training purposes…if you consent say ‘Consent’.”

The Danish Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) has ordered a company to cease recording phone calls for training purposes until it implements a technical solution that makes it possible to obtain the caller’s consent for doing so.

In this case the complainant called the

A pre-ticked checkbox is not valid consent for placing cookies under the EU eprivacy directive – says the Advocate General to the Court of Justice of the EU in the Planet49 case.

Other takeaways:

  • Pre-ticked box + an active “click” on “participate in lottery” is still not sufficient consent for placing cookies. For consent to

The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU has proposed a compromise on issues that are in the way of the EU e-Privacy Regulation.


  • A user’s consent to cookies should NOT be required for technical storage or access necessary and proportionate for the legitimate use of a service requested by the user. This