Feeds

UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

Web operators, put down your BBQ forks! The ePrivacy Directive is here

Build a business case: developing custom apps

From today the UK's Information Commissioner's Office will begin enforcing the EU's revised ePrivacy Directive that requires website owners to be upfront with their users about the information they collect.

The so-called cookie law was implemented on 25 May 2011 by Brussels officials, but getting the legislation transposed locally within the 27 member-states of the European Union has proved to be tricky, perplexing, disruptive, confusing and a bit of a mess, really.

Here in Blighty, the government made the decision to effectively free up web owners from the burden of complying to the directive by deferring policing of the law for one year. The law requires sites within the EU to obtain a visitor's consent before they install a cookie in their browser.

Time has now run out and from today the Information Commissioners Office will be enforcing the law and fining those web operators that are found to have violated the rules. A penalty of up to £500,000 could be imposed against those that fail to comply.

But the data protection watchdog has signalled it would take a gentle approach to enforcement and pointed out that very few companies would be slapped with a hefty fine for non-compliance.

The ICO's Dave Evans said yesterday:

We’ve been saying that we expect organisations to be on the path to compliance – which means that UK websites must provide visitors with sufficient information to make a decision on whether they are happy for a cookie to be placed on their device and obtain consent before placing a cookie.

The regulator has an updated version of its guidance for compliance here. It's probably worth reading between bites of ketchup-smeared cow. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.