Archive for Brandt Dainow

Google Analytics to track individual links in webpages

Posted by Brandt Dainow on January 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am

In the next few weeks Google are going to upgrade Google Analytics with what they call “enhanced link attribution.” This is MASSIVE

The end of the web?

Posted by Brandt Dainow on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:48 am

The regulations which underpin the global foundations of the internet are under threat. At the end of this year the 1988 International Telecoms Treaties which made the web possible are up for renewal. Many countries, such as Russia and China, who resent their citizen's free access to information, see this as a chance to destroy the web by introducing clauses which restrict international information flows.
If you are concerned to maintain the web as an international sphere, get involved.
The Dangers From Global Web Regulation
Guest post written by Robert Pepper, vice president for global technology policy at Cisco Systems.
A grave threat to the Internet as we know it has emerged as part of well-intentioned, but fatally flawed proposals to update an international telecommunications treaty. If these radical changes are adopted, the results could be devastating. It could break the global Internet into unconnected islands of national or regional networks, extend telecommunications regulations to computing, or lead to onerous government regulation of the Internet.
The story goes back to 1984, when there were approximately eight wired telephones installed for every 100 people on the planet and an independent commission to the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union concluded that there is “…no good reason... Read more

Google, SEO & HTTP status codes

Posted by Brandt Dainow on July 17th, 2012 at 9:37 am

Using HTTP status codes properly makes a big difference to SEO. Do you use the 410 and 301 status codes?

Google+ Overrides Site Restrictions

Posted by Brandt Dainow on September 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am

Google have decided +1 buttons override all other privacy settings on a website. Private content is being listed in Google as a result, with serious consequences for many. It's a clear and intentional violation of internet privacy standards, and totally contradicts Google's stated intention to offer better privacy than Facebook. If it's +1'd - it's available to everyone.

Germany bans business use of Facebook

Posted by Brandt Dainow on September 12th, 2011 at 4:00 am

The data protection authority for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has declared business use of Facebook and Facebook "like" buttons illegal. All businesses in Schleswig-Holstein have until the end of the September 2011 to remove "like" buttons and close their Facebook pages.
Here's a quick summary of why.  The full announcement is below.
1) Data is transmitted to the USA without proper notification to users. Lack of proper notification is illegal under European and German privacy laws.
2) Data is used to create online profiles and track people for 2 years. Creation of online profiles and cross-site tracking is illegal in Germany and under EU laws unless prior informed consent is given.   Browser settings do not constitute informed consent.
3) Facebook's privacy statement and T&C's are vague, confusing, uninformative, and therefore illegal under German requirements.  This means, even if you read and agreed, you still would not have given informed consent.
Their final comment: "Institutions must be aware that they cannot shift their responsibility for data privacy upon Facebook or the users."
Here is the entire text of the English-language announcement:

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