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What is a cookie
What you need to do
The following are the guidelines to achieve compliance with this new "Cookie" law. Ideally, by 25th May, 2012, all the websites should have:
- Audited the cookies currently being used
- Implemented or be working on implementing a method of offering opt-in to cookies
Full ICO guidance (pdf download)
Does this apply to me?
There are a few cookies that are exempted from the requirement to obtain consent:
1. A cookie used to remember the goods a user wishes to buy when they proceed to the checkout or add goods to their shopping basket.
2. Certain cookies providing security that is essential to comply with the security requirements of the seventh data protection principle for an activity the user has requested – for example in connection with online banking services.
3. Some cookies help ensure that the content of your page loads quickly and effectively by distributing the workload across numerous computers.
Cookies unlikely to fall within this exception:
1. Cookies used for analytical purposes to count the number of unique visits to a website for example
2. First and third party advertising cookies
3. Cookies used to recognize a user when they return to a website so that the greeting they receive can be tailored
And if I Don't Comply?
ICO will first give the organisation the opportunity to comply. However, penalties of up to £500,000 can be applied by it to offenders. It is a LAW. It is here to stay.
What we can do to help
If you are unsure about the Cookie law or would like further advice or help implementing the necessary steps please get in touch.