Tel: 01206 808090 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us at email@example.com to find out how to make your site compliant.
Those setting cookies must:
• tell people that the cookies are there
• explain what the cookies are doing
• obtain their consent to store a cookie on their device
There is an exception to the requirement to provide information about cookies and obtain consent where the use of the cookie is:
(a) for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network; or
(b) where such storage or access is strictly necessary for the provision of an information society service requested by the subscriber or user.
‘Strictly Necessary’ applies when a cookie is required to provide a service. A cookie used to implement a shopping cart would probably be considered strictly necessary, but a cookie tracking an affiliate, or collecting statistics (e.g. Google Analytics) would not be.
The responsibility for ensuring compliance with the regulations lies with the operator of the website. Website operators should consider the following steps:
• Check what cookies are being used on a site and how they are being used (audit)
• Assess how intrusive the use of these cookies is
• Decide what solution for obtaining consent is appropriate
• popups, splash pages, overlays, header / footer bars
• terms and conditions, which have to be accepted to use a site
• settings (e.g. on a forum or membership site)
Enforcement of compliance starts on 26th May 2012, and is policed by the The Information Commissioner who has 4 main options for enforcement:
We are not lawyers, and can’t provide specific advice about the legal implications of the cookie regulations. We do suggest though that website owners read and understand the implications of the new regulations, and make up their mind about how best to proceed.
We offer cookie audits at £100+ VAT, which will include a quote for the work involved in making websites compliant.
Take the first step by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: A practical interpretation of the law is provided on the ICO website at http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx – you may want to look at the pdf on the first link in the first paragraph for more information.