New website law from 26th May – Is your website cookies compliant ready?

You can view the BBC’s full official report on it here however we have summarised what you need to know below. From the 26th of May the EU has enforced an annoying little law that specifies sites must obtain “informed consent” from visitors before saving cookies on a machine.

Who needs this?

If your website has a login area or analytic’s tracking there is a good chance you will need an update to become compliant with the new law. However even the most simple of websites should now include a mention of cookies within a visible policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are little chunks of data stored on a computer when users browse the web, these are used for a multitude of reasons the most common being to enhance elements of the site, login areas and website analytics tracking (such as Google analytics). The problem is other less friendly sites can use cookies for evil, including tracking what products your interested in for advertising reasons. Most websites have these and most do no harm, however they have decided to target the few that do harm by forcing everyone to have this.

What happens if you don’t comply?

It is widely expected that the majority of websites will not be ready in time, so you’re not alone. For this reason the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) have said they will not take immediate action over non-compliant sites, and would instead offer guidance. Breaking the law with a non-compliant website could eventually result in fines of up to £500,000 however the ICO has played down the threat by saying it will take a soft approach to enforcement.

How do you get compliant?

inLIFE have developed a little tool to perform a cookie audit on your website – we provide this service for FREE!

If the audit determines your site cookies then we can embed a small chunk of code to your site ensuring your website complies with the law. Implementation of this cost just £35

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