Why is everyone suddenly freaking out about cookies?
In response to the EU Cookie Directive, the UK has updated the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation. The UK Cookie Legislation came into force on May the 25th 2011. The UK Cookie Legislation is a direct copy of the EU Cookie Directive, but as a result of confusion around how to become cookie compliant the UK delayed the enforcement of the law until May 26th of 2012 (instead of EU’s May 26th of 2011.)
So, as of tomorrow, your website may or may not be in compliance with this cookie directive.
We here at Fat Beehive have issued the following guidance to help our clients become compliant with the directive. By implementing at least the first two of the three options below you can demonstrate that you are moving towards compliance.
“When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through “Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them”
2. Identify cookies in use on your site
Used by a majority of web sites, Google Analytics uses at least four first-party cookies to anonymously collect information about traffic to your web site. If you’re our client, your site definitely uses Google Analytics cookies. For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website.
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3. Implement user consent
So what should I do?
Please note: We are not lawyers and this should not be considered legal advice. The information here is based on our understanding of the EU Cookie Law and you should always seek professional legal advice to ensure compliance.