In a year and a half, new European rules on the use of personal information will disrupt advertising and media across the globe. Here are the three biggest impacts. Since 1996 when cookies were first repurposed to track users around the Web there has been an assumption that gathering and trading users' personal information is the essence of advertising online. This is about to change.
If you run a website, you might want to breathe a sigh of relief. A decision this morning from the European Court of Justice means that websites can continue to collect and store visitor IP addresses. It would have been a shock to many if the ruling had gone the other way.