So what does this new cookie law mean?
Put briefly and to the point the new cookie law requires websites to ask for user consent to store personal information on their computer, phone, tablet etc. thus making users more aware of how much data is collected about them.
But aren’t some cookies necessary?
Some cookies are exempt from this new law as they are vital for the smooth running of sites. These include shopping baskets on retail sites so that the site can remember all the items a shopper is requesting. These types of cookies are “first party” and are seen as the good guys of the cookie world.
The ones that are in need of consent to be used are the “third party” cookies, these are ones that send your information to remarketing firms to display similar items to the ones you have been looking at on other sites. This means you are constantly reminded of the brand and are more likely to go back to the site to purchase the product or use their service.
What will I need to do to make sure my site is now lawful?
What happens if I don’t comply?
If you don’t comply the fines can be pretty hefty, the UK regulations have ruled that it could be up to £500,000 if the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) deem the website to be in serious breach of user’s privacy.
So make sure you don’t get caught out and ensure your site is lawful before the ICO start cracking down on cookie law breaches.
This post was written by Laura Clarke who is currently working on behalf of Manchester Solicitors Pannone.
3 responses to “Understanding the New UK “Cookie Law” – Guest Post By Laura Clarke”
How does this effect rangers?
This is way above my understanding. Why do Internet companies use terms like “cookies” when they actually mean your computer settngs. Why do they not use simple terms that those of us who survived the sixties can understand. Cookies were things that got you stoned or fed your insatiable appetite after you had over indulged.
Why are they called COOKIES? What sort of important information can they record (do they know I had porridge for breakfast?)
Simple example of helping PC users ” If you want to use this site we will arrange your computer settings to suit. When you leave this site everything will return to normal”. Why can’t they keep it simple?
Even if I was stoned I would click OK.
Companies are indulging in “bullying” of the older generation by using terms and language that intimidates and excludes those of us who do not subscride to the destruction and destabilisation of the English language.
Youngsters beware, the Grey Revolution is imminent. Just imagine how bad things will be when your Gran and Grandad are no longer paying for your Internet Access and Mobile Phones. HAHAHAHAaaaaargh
Called cookies, cos browsers left a trail of cookie crumbs, which meant websites could remember user preferences and provided a better experience
Those of us who build and designed tinternet, we’re sandal geeks for who coffe, Grep,awk,….was way of life
We never expected the masses to use it 🙂