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Online Privacy

12 December 2003

New Legal Requirements in Online Marketing

The online environment has led to an increased level of sophistication in marketing activities carried out by businesses. The technology exists for businesses to develop very accurate profiles of the interests and preferences of their users. This information can be exploited to identify potential customers of their products and services. Businesses can then target large numbers of consumers efficiently and cost-effectively in their marketing campaigns.

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06 July 2003

EU Regulation of E-Commerce under the E-Commerce Directive

The EU Commission has stated it believes that between 2001 and 2003, the number of people engaged in business online will have trebled and the number of transactions to buy and sell goods and/or services over the Internet will have multiplied by twenty. The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry estimates that the e-commerce industry is worth in excess of £57 billion in the UK alone. One of the difficulties experienced by businesses that wish to conduct e-commerce is the increasing need to know not just about the legal requirements of their own jurisdiction, but also the legal requirements of those jurisdictions where their customers are located. Whilst for consumers one of the biggest hurdles is the continued lack of trust and confidence in the Internet as a means of purchasing goods and services.  (more…)

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13 April 2003

UK Regulation of Online Financial Promotion

This paper will deal with the application of:

  • section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA“);
  • the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001 (the “Financial Promotion Order“) and amendments thereto; and
  • the financial promotion rules in the Conduct of Business Sourcebook (“COBS“).

This paper is intended to give an overview of the main aspects of the above rules and how they apply to online financial promotions.

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11 April 2003

Privacy Policies

Most organisations that conduct their business online will collect data relating to individuals at some stage during their operations, whether in relation to customers, target clients, or even their own employees. Personal data can be collected on websites by a variety of means: registration pages, requests for details when goods or services are ordered, competitions and surveys, or by the use of various tracking devices such as cookies. Whenever personal data is collected, the organisation responsible for the use of such data (known as the ‘data controller’) will need to comply with various legal requirements, and may be advised to follow certain good practice guidelines, all of which are designed to protect the privacy of the individual whose data is being collected.

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03 April 2003

EU and UK Regulation of Privacy Policies

Most organisations that conduct their business online will collect data relating to individuals at some stage during their operations, whether in relation to customers, target clients, or even their own employees. Personal data can be collected on websites by a variety of means: registration pages, requests for details when goods or services are ordered, competitions and surveys, or by the use of various tracking devices such as cookies. Whenever personal data is collected, the organisation responsible for the use of such data (known as the ‘data controller’) will need to comply with various legal requirements, and may be advised to follow certain good practice guidelines, all of which are designed to protect the privacy of the individual whose data is being collected.  (more…)

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