Disclaimer: This article was originally posted on “Cookielaw.org” and can be found here.
Cookie Law [ie Cookie Compliance for WoirdPress] Explained
The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.
Why Cookie Law?
There are other technologies, like Flash and HTML5 Local Storage that do similar things, and these are also covered by the legislation, but as cookies are the most common technology in use, it has become known as the Cookie Law.
All websites owned in the EU or targeted towards EU citizens, are now expected to comply with the law.
What it Means for Businesses
If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.
If you don’t comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine.
What Should You Do?
Compliance with the cookie law comes down to three basic steps:
- Work out what cookies your site sets, and what they are used for. Your developer can help with this.
- Obtain their consent via a plugin like SleekAnnounce, which includes a free cookie notification plugin, and give them some control.
What are Cookies Anyway?
Cookies are a kind of short term memory for the web. They are stored in your browser and enable a site to ‘remember’ little bits of information between pages or visits.
To find out lots more about cookies in general and the different types, take a look at Cookiepedia – the leading information resource all about cookies.
Questions About Cookies?
Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about Cookies. Our team is well versed in properly implementing Cookie Compliance for WordPress and will be happy to work with you to ensure you’re up to standards.
Get Compliant Now
If you’re a member of the EU and need to become Cookie Compliant, please be sure to check out SleekAnnounce. This premium Banners Plugin for WordPress also includes a free Cookie Notification Plugin! It includes a free 7 day trial, and allows you to additionally add promotional banners, announcements, and other messages to your site.