You’ve possibly heard in the news all sorts of controversy about ‘cookies’ on websites and how the law affecting them is changing.
What are ‘Cookies’?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. The information collected by most Cookies does not personally identify an individual, however, they are often used as a mechanism for websites to remember things that a website browser has done there in the past; For example, clicking on particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site.
Popular programmes such as Google Analytics leave behind these Cookies so that website owners can see how many people have visited their sites and what content on there is most popular. Generally, Cookies are used to enhance the user’s experience and are not malicious at all.
So what’s changed?
The legislation comes from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in response to the EU’s e-Privacy Directive which came into force on 26th of May in the UK, so from now on your site needs to be compliant with the ICO regulations. Visit http://www.ico.gov.uk/ for more information.
Not sure what’s best?
This area is a minefield of regulations, breaking news and revelations. At Who Needs Design, we’ll be following it closely, so if you’re not sure if your website is compliant or if it needs to be, then give us a call (01472 730051) and we’ll be happy to offer help and advice.