Just a reminder to all that the new EU Cookie Law will come into effect on the 26th of May 2012. All website owners will are required to obtain informed consent from website visitors before they can store any cookies from the website.
Cookie Law Site Compliance Audit
Before you take an action, you will have to find out what exactly are the cookies being used on your site. Indra-Design will be able to run a site audit for you. Not all cookies need to be compliance. Some cookies are categorized as “needed” cookies. These cookies are the ones which are necessary for the site to work, for example cookies related to login procedures or cookies which remember your shopping cart items. On the other hand, some cookies need to be compliance and declared to all your users. These cookies are not under the “needed” cookies.
Almost all modern websites use some sort of cookies in order to function. If you are not sure what cookies are, they are just some values (string of numbers or words) stored on your computer when you are browsing the internet. These cookies are used for many different reasons from remembering your shopping cart items to presenting you with a targeted advertisement.
What Do I Have To Do?
a. Put an additional page informing all cookies on your website. Additionally, a small tickbox is needed to show that the viewer of your website agrees the cookies being used. (See http://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/privacy_statement.aspx for an example solution. Note the box on the top of the page where you have to add a tick on the box to accept the cookies).
b. Remove the cookie (might not be possible as some cookies are necessary for the website to work).
If your website contains some sort of login system or shopping cart, then it is 100% sure that your site uses some sort of cookies.
Can I Ignore This?
We hope that you will not ignore this as the fine for not complying with this new guideline is £500000.
What Would Indra-Design Do?
We would prepare an initial check to help you in terms of identifying what cookies are being used on your website.
We will then produce a complete report detailing all cookies used on your site. These report can be used in your site usage policy regarding the usage of cookies.
Additionally, depending on the result we will also advice you with the necessary actions.
Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Definition of cookies (wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
- The new EU guidelines by ICO : New EU Cookie Law
To find out more about what you need to do pleaseget in touch with us.