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The Cookie Law: An update

May 24th, 2012, by

The cookie law

Back in March we published an article regarding the new Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, referred to more commonly as “The Cookie Law”. The Cookie Law is a set of regulations being developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK, and although it comes into force on the 26th May (this Saturday), details of what this means for website owners is still to become clear.

What’s a cookie? What’s the law? Does this affect my website? What Next?

If the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations are new to you, you’ll probably want to read our last article introducing the regulations and then come back to this one.

What’s the latest on the Cookie Law?

We’ve been keeping an eye on this topic, specifically trying to spot new & useful information from authoritative sources. These articles may be of interest:

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The Cookie Law

March 29th, 2012, by

The cookie law

On 26th May 2012 a new law concerning EU websites comes into force. It’s being dubbed ‘The cookie law’ and is a is a piece of European Union legislation that has been adopted in the UK. This article provides a summary of the cookie law and how it affects customers of BF Internet.

What’s a cookie?

Some websites store small amounts of data on your computer called ‘cookies’ to remember if you’ve been to the website before. They also enable you to use online services more easily. www.direct.gov.uk/managingcookies

Does my website use cookies?

Probably, yes. If you use ecommerce, or your website has some sort of log-in area (a members area or account area) your website will use cookies to remember when a user has logged in. If you use Google Analytics to track visitor trends you will use cookies too. If your website is a brochure website without any online transactions you probably don’t use cookies.

What’s the law?

In simple terms, a website can’t store cookies in the browser unless the user is provided with clear information about the purpose of the cookies and has given his or her consent. The full version of the law can be found in this PDF on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website, on page 7. Read the rest of this entry »