The EU Cookie Law – An Overview
Like me I am sure you have heard a lot of talk recently about this new EU Cookie Law, and probably like me when you first heard about it you added it to your ‘To think about later’ pile.
Unfortunately for all of us we no longer have the luxury of thinking about it later, the law is upon us and we may need to act on it. The purpose of this page is to inform and arm you so that you can firstly decide if you need to do something, and secondly easily action something to do.
What is the EU Cookie Law?
Essentially the EU Cookie Law is the EU e-Privacy Directive that is set to come into action on 26th May 2012 and what it means is that you have to get your visitors informed consent before placing a cookie on their machine.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to help keep track of different things, like if you want to stay logged into a website, or your preferences within a website. You can read more about them on this HTTP cookie Wikipedia article.
What is the fuss?
Is is just cookies?
No – The law also affects anything that acts like a cookie, for example:
HTML5 Local Storage
The ICO has said that it isn’t good enough to just re-implement the tracking some other way outside of cookie storage.
The EU Cookie Law and This website
Essential – Required for your website to function, for example to mark someone as being logged in.
Non-Essential but harmless – Not essential to core functionality but doesn’t get used for tracking a user
Fairly Intrusive – Used to track people but do not provide personally identifiable information, for example Google’s Analytics