Written by Tim Davies
Written on Thursday, 26 July 2012
Cookies of the non edible variety have been making headlines recently and the question every website owner and operator should be asking themselves is; Are we compliant with the “Cookie Law”?
An EU-mandated “Cookie Law” came into force on May 27th 2011. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), responsible for enforcement, gave UK companies a year’s grace to implement changes in order to meet the new requirements
What is a Cookie?
Many websites you visit will send a small amount of data to your computer which is then stored on your computer in the form of a file called a Cookie. Cookies can be used for many different purposes, such as recording options you set on websites and what pages you visited
What’s the problem with Cookies?
Fundamentally a cookie is quite harmless and often required for you to fully experience a website.
What are the requirements of the “Cookie Law”?
The “Cookie Law” stipulates that cookies can only be stored after a user has given consent. A literal interpretation would mean a cookie could only be used after the user had implicitly agreed to store it.
How should my website deal with cookies?
Molokini recommends that the following steps are taken to ensure you are compliant with the “Cookie Law”
Carry out a cookie audit - ascertain what cookies your website uses, what data is used, by who and for what reason.
If you collect sensitive data such as medical or financial information then consider taking the law more literally and gain “explicit consent” before using cookies
A sweet irony to the new “Cookie Law” is that many government websites have failed to meet the legal requirements.
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