Cookies – The recipe changes!

A new law came into force on 26 May 2011 (as I write this), requiring businesses to obtain consent from visitors to their websites to store or retrieve usage information from users’ computers or mobile devices.

As you may know, many web sites use cookies (small files put onto a user’s computer so it can remember something) as a technique for storing information. For example, a cookie could be used to remember a user’s payment details when buying products online.

There has been much industry discussion and media coverage regarding the practicality of the requirements and the Information Commissioner’s Office (which is responsible for enforcement) has said it will allow businesses a year to comply.

If you would like me to send you a copy of a checklist (based on but a great deal shorter and, I hope, more useful than guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office) explaining the changes and highlighting the options available to businesses to help them comply with the new rules, please drop an email

Link to ICO rules

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