Over the last couple of months I’ve been encouraging you to make sure your online presence is fully compliant with the law.
We’ve already talked about how the data protection act affects your facebook page and the terrific Bob Toovey offered up his wisdom about the EU Cookie Law too.
But there is another piece of the puzzle you may want to consider.
The proposal issued recently by the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding to modernise data protection laws contains the following statement:-
“As a general rule, any processing of personal data will require providing clear and simple information to concerned individuals as well as obtaining specific and explicit consent by such individuals for the processing of their data (Opt-in), other than in cases in which the data protection regime explicitly allows the processing of personal data.”
Now the consent part of that statement is exactly what was dealt with in Bob Tooveys guest post. But as good as the plug-ins recommended in that post may be, most of them don’t provide the ‘clear and simple information’ to visitors of your website about what you will or will not do with their data.
- What information is collected
- Cookie types,
- What they do & which are permanent or temporary
- When the temporary (or ‘session’) cookies are deleted
- What personal information submitted will be used for.
- Any disclosures of personal information that may be made
- Disclosures that will not be made.
- Any international data transfers that may happen
- Security provided for personal information
- Provision for Policy amendments
- The rights of the website visitor
- How to contact you.
- Your Data Registration number (unless you are exempt)