Is Your Website Compliant With The New EU Cookie Law?
On May the 26th 2012 the new EU Cookie law came into effect in the UK. Whilst it has actually been part of UK law since May 2011 the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) granted a 1 year grace period & stated that it would not enforce the law until May 26th 2012.
The grace period has now passed and any websites which operate in the UK, or wish to have any users in the UK should now make sure they are compliant.
What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small files which websites store on users computers. They are then used by those websites, or third -party services, to identify that user by their machine.
Cookies are classed as either sessions cookies or persistent cookies. The difference between the two is how long they are stored on the users machine. Sessions cookies are deleted once the user leaves the website issuing the cookie. Persistent cookies stay on the users machines for a set period of time regardless of whether the users leaves the website of not. They both have different uses which will be detailed later on this page.
There are various uses for cookies:
Website analytics systems are used to help the website owners/administrators better understand their users needs & to improve the website for it’s users. Cookies are used by analytics tools to identify a returning user to a website. These are persistent cookies, allowing the website to identify the users machine on returning to the website.
Why The New Law?
No Single Solution
Certain solutions may be more complicated and cumbersome than are actually required. Having a solution which is more advanced than needed can lead to a worse experience for the users of the website.
We Can Help
Here at Greenlight Computers we have a detailed knowledge of the law and are able to help you make sure your site is compliant in the most appropriate way for you & your website users.
We offer the following services:
We assess your website to see which cookies are currently being used and how. With this information we produce a detailed document outlining this information and make recommendations on what is necessary to make the site compliant.
Design & Development
Based on the cookie audit, if the recommendation requires changes to your website or new functionality to be put in place, we can design and develop tailored solutions to make sure your website is fully compliant.
If you would like to discuss anything regarding the new EU Cookie Law, our services or just some advice please contact us today.