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About: Vincent Toubiana

I'm an IT Expert at CNIL (the French DPA) and a former NYU PostDoc who maintains and develops the TrackMeNot extension. On this blog I'll express my personal opinion about search engines and how they handle privacy issues.

Recent Posts by Vincent Toubiana:

The missing clauses in Google’s “Customer Match”

Written on October 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm, by

In September Google announced “Customer Match”, a new tool for advertisers to target their existing customer using their email addresses. “Customer match” is almost like Facebook’s “Custom Audiences” but Google and Facebook seem engaged in “a privacy race to the bottom” and Google may have taken the lead. Targeting email addresses Advertisers aim at targeting […]

Protected: Cookie Reidentification with Social Network

Written on May 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm, by

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Implementing cookie consent with “Content Security Policy”

Written on October 27, 2014 at 10:31 am, by

In this post I briefly explain how “Content Security Policy” could be used to enforce the cookie consent regulation by blocking third parties content. Cookie Consent EU cookie regulation imposes to website editors to obtain the informed  consent of visitors before setting cookies. Therefore, a website should first check that it has consent before dropping […]

Impact of Google privacy policy on web tracking

Written on January 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm, by

Google most important privacy policy changes happen almost two years ago. The change was announced as a clarification of the policies which will mainly be used to simplify and improve services. Now that the changes are effective, it is interesting to observe what the consequences of the new policy are and what has changed. In […]

Facebook may violate the FTC settlement in a few days

Written on November 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm, by

Update: Facebook started to show the announced prompt and ask for user consent. Almost a year after it removed the option for 90% of its members, Facebook informed on Wednesday the remaining 10% that they’ll remove the “Who can search my timeline by name”  setting in a few days. Removing this setting si likely a […]