So what _is_ he wasting taxpayers' money on, then?
Tuesday 10th April 2012 13:19 GMT Silverburn
"We find it disappointing that some regulators publicly express doubts of lawfulness without having accorded us any chance to engage on the issues of concern," he said.
"We find it disappointing that some regulators publicly express doubts of lawfulness without having accorded us any chance to blackmail them first with incriminating details from their browsing habits, contents of local wifi networks or cloud documents or GPS history" he said.
Tuesday 10th April 2012 13:37 GMT Anonymous Coward
Tuesday 10th April 2012 16:19 GMT Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
And here's their answers:-
Tuesday 10th April 2012 13:47 GMT adnim
Tuesday 10th April 2012 13:58 GMT Andy Livingstone
Gmail and LSOs
Be interesting to see how the Information Commissioner deals with "his" policy versus "their" policy. Each visit to Gmail through the website picks up an LSO. No specific permission requested.
Mind you, it seems to be the same with the Daily Mail, Three, Incahoot and, I'm sure, many others.
With the sheer number of cookies still being sprinkled around without end user permission does the Information Commissioner have the resources to deal adequately with the issue. As a Bank told me last week "Who cares? Everybody does it"
Wednesday 11th April 2012 11:46 GMT we all know how irritating it is having to interact with the shopkeeper in any way
"Who cares? Everybody does it"
Well I care, and I regularly reboot Firefox to remove cookies that will timeout at the end of a session. I also regularly go through the remaining (very long) list of cookies and delete those too.
Firefox gives me some control -- which lets me do what I can. Thanks Firefox. :-)
Tuesday 10th April 2012 14:46 GMT mittfh
The information they collate is probably used to improve their products, as well as offer targeted ads and search results. Because of the size of their portfolio, they don't need to flog the statistics database (or any other associated info) off to a third party. They also heavily trailed the upcoming changes in advance across their entire portfolio (even including the phrase "This is important."), which is more than can probably be said about many other companies.
Never mind there's a possibility that Microsoft probably have access to a substantial amount of user data - not just from across the "Bing" platform but possibly also from Skype, Facebook, Facebook app / game developers and Instagram.
However, it would still be useful if they provided a means of viewing the information that's been harvested about you, and separate controls to (a) allow yourself to opt out of any / all information harvesting, (b) control what the information harvested is used for (e.g. particularly for businesses it could be useful having access to 'generic' search so they can see where they'd come in Joe Public's searches for their name / products / employees.
Tuesday 10th April 2012 15:14 GMT Tom Simnett
... his job is precisely to provide advise to any legal entity for whom data protection in that jurisdiction is potentially a concern. Any DPA is there to ensure the rules are followed and to ensure the rules are fair to the end user. If a company or individual has queries or wants to make sure they're not going to be wasting their energy (money, time) on something that definitely won't get ratified, this is precisely what I'd expect a data protection chief to be helping with.
Wednesday 11th April 2012 11:21 GMT /\/\j17
Well the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights' advice on DPAs is that they should be:
- independent guardians of privacy.
- efficient one-stop shops for all data protection concerns of citizens and other persons.
It DOESN'T say they are there to advise companies at the companies beck and call. That's what a companies own lawyers are for.
Tuesday 10th April 2012 16:53 GMT Anonymous Coward
Tuesday 10th April 2012 22:17 GMT Mark 65
Big Corporation Ignorance
"Fleischer also fired a few questions back at CNIL, asking – among other things – what the "legal basis" was for the Article 29 Working Party to "act as a regulatory body"."
This epitomises how bully-boy companies like Google get off on the wrong foot with the EU. Microsoft used to do it too. Just because your local US authority would let you sell everyone's grandmother without asking first it doesn't mean that the EU will. Like it or not they wield plenty of power and they aren't afraid of using it when it suits them. Questioning their party/committee/quango's legal basis to oversee your potential breach of their laws will not gain you any favours and is more likely to result in a very large fine when the case goes against you just for being an arsehole. If they do not have the power it will just get passed on to someone who does. Just ask Microsoft for the details of how acting like a disinterested teenager pans out.