Later this week a new law comes into effect – the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. This law requires all website operators in the EU to gain consent from visitors before storing or retrieving information from a visitors computer.
If fully implemented, this law could significantly change the way websites work in Europe, and not necessarily for the better. However, at the same time, it could vastly increase the privacy of website users.
So, given that the law comes into force this week and there are so many problems challenges, what can website owners do? Well, the Information Commissioner (ICO) has published some useful guidance (pdf) which you should read. Luckily, they aren’t expecting full compliance just yet!
I produced a first version for work’s Recalled Products website yesterday and I’m working through the others over the next few days. If you want to copy / reuse / alter my example, go right ahead. I’d also appreciate any comments on how this could be improved.
Hopefully over the next few months, the ICO & government will put together some more comprehensive guidance on how website owners can move towards full compliance. For now though, start producing these lists of cookies!