Cookie Law - Is Your Site Compliant?
On May 26th 2011 a new EU law came into effect that required website owners to make changes to their sites to obtain consent from site visitors before they can store or retrieve any information, using Cookies, on a computer or any other web connected device. Is your website compliant?
What Has Changed?
Give clear and comprehensive information about why you are using cookies.
Obtain the website user’s consent to use them.
Tell the website user what information will be stored.
Give the website user the opportunity to refuse the continued storage of or access to any cookies on their computer.
Explain how users can turn the cookies off.
What Happens If I Don’t Make The Changes?
The UK’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has the power to fine website owners up to half a million pounds for serious breaches of this law. All websites should, by now, complied with the new legislation.
What Do I Need To Do?
In an attempt to help people the ICO issued some guidance on how to comply. This can be summed up as:
Find out what cookies you are using on your website (Google Analytics, e-commerce, third party software integration all utilise cookies)
Work out which cookies you need to obtain consent for as there are some exceptions.
Work out how it will affect the running of your website.
Build a process of obtaining consent into your website.
How Can Peak Net Help?
In an attempt to help all our customers comply with the new legislation we can work with you to complete this task quickly and easily.
We can tell you which cookies you need to obtain consent for as there are some exceptions for the use of "necessary" cookies, such as those needed to add a product into a shopping basket.
We can help you build a process and statement of obtaining user consent into your website.
Need Some Help?
There are still people who have NOT implemented this into their websites.
It makes no difference that the UK has left the EU, this still applies to UK businesses.