Last year a new privacy law came into effect in the EU that requires website owners to get permission BEFORE they plant web cookies (or any technology for storing information) on a visitors machine. This has MASSIVE implications for not only businesses but for bloggers and personal website owners too as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has the power to slap you with a penalty of up to 500k! Everyone had a year to get their
ducks cookies in a row.
So here we are, a couple of days away from the impending doom of the deadline and it seems that there are still a heck of a lot of large websites not complying to this new law – mainly because no-one seems to understand what’s going on or what they are supposed to do. But bloggers always lead the way (right?) so I decided to at least attempt to comply as resistance is futile.
So, this is what I did:
- I installed a Firefox extension called View Cookies to audit my site first.
- Then I installed the WordPress Cookie Control plugin.
I don’t actually like it, but I should show willing and test the options available so I can offer advice to my clients at Fish Media. I have been watching the responses from the industry closely over the last few months and feel that something significant will happen before we have to spend too much time (or our clients’ money) if we rush into this. Apparently, major browsers are working towards putting something in place which should cover this law in the UK but we can’t just sit back and hope.
There are a few off-the-shelf options popping up so please let me know if you find anything that really hits the mark.
Oh, by the way – I’m not a lawyer, so I suggest you read these:
Update: A really nice article has been written on .netmagazine regarding the cookie law and in particular the following paragraph:
So, until I read or hear differently I am going to use a notification toolbar!
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