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Sunday 9th December 2018

What is the [new] Cookie Law?

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First and foremost, this is NOT a NEW law!

It has been around for quite some time, but the latest updates to the European Directive (published in May 2011) became legally enforcable on 26th May 2012.

A Brief History

In 2003 a European Directive regarding privacy in electronic communications was implemented. In 2009 this Directive was amended to require consent for the storage/access of information (e.g. cookies) via a computer or similar device. The UK Government introduced this on 25th May 2011 via The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive)(Amendment) Regulations 2011.

The Information Commisioner's Office (ICO) gave website owners 12 months to implement the changes required to comply with the new legislation, after which the regulations would become legally enforcable and a fine of up to £500,000 could be levied for non-compliance.

If you just read that last paragraph and started to panic - don't! Instead, please read on...

As long as you are seen to be taking steps towards compliance with the legislation, it is VERY unlikely that the ICO will be knocking on your electronic door any time soon.

What to do next...

The first thing you need to do is to assess your website and see what cookies you are using. The vast majority (over 92% at the time of writing) of websites use cookies to some extent, and you may be surprised by the results. Take a quick look at the bullet points again on our No Nonsense Cookies home page for an indication.

If you are absolutely sure that your website does not use cookies, then put your feet up and relax. You have nothing further to do ;-)

If you are not sure whether your website uses cookies, then your next step is to run a Cookie Audit. If you know that your website is definitely using cookies, then you need to check whether your website is compliant.