You might have noticed corners or panels appearing on many websites recently, inviting you to accept or opt out of cookies. (Cookies are little bits of data that live on your hard drive).
They warned of fines up to £500K for non-compliance with effect from May this year. They also said they would be unlikely to fine anyone who could prove they were working towards compliance (reading this article might count).
The trouble is, in order for a website to know whether its visitors want cookies or not, it has to store a cookie. The other problem is that simple web hosting packages would need a costly upgrade to include a database to store cookie preferences.
So, at the last minute, the EU changed the guidelines. Instead of site visitors having to opt in or out of cookies, site owners can now ‘presume consent’.
That’s how the cookie (law) crumbles!
Jeremy Walker · September 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm
You’re on firmer ground than Kelvin MacKenzie with that headline Jackie:) We’ve added extra privacy guidelines to some of our sites for now, but otherwise so much ado ’bout nothing – waiting to see whether the current directives will be extended in future.
jackiebarrie · September 29, 2012 at 8:09 am
Thanks Jeremy. We’re of the same mind! In fact, I nearly included the phrase ‘much ado about nothing’ in the article. Despite all that panic in May, most site owners haven’t done anything about it, as far as I can tell. I can’t imagine they will all be prosecuted.
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