New Cookie Law

New Cookie Law

New Cookie Law

New Cookie Law Overview

On 26th May 2012 a new law came into effect in the UK that requires websites to change how cookies are handled. The new law requires websites to educate its users about the cookies it uses, as well as giving them the option to opt-out of being tracked by cookies. Websites not complying could face a fine up to £500,000. A more detailed explanation of the law can be found here.

Originally the law was very loosely defined; however the Information Commissioner’s Office recently gave further guidelines to help websites comply with the law.

We are offering a one-off package that will ensure your website complies with the new law at
£65 + VAT per website. This includes:
Updated privacy policy & cookie policy that details how cookies are being used on your website.
A small widget that gives users of your website the ability to opt-out of cookies.

Does this affect my website?

The short answer is yes, this law will affect the majority of websites in the UK. If you use any form of
tracking, such as Google Analytics or Statcounter, your website will need to be adjusted to comply
with the law if you wish to continue using that software.

Another instance of a website being affected by the law is advertising. If you use any form of
advertising, such as Google AdSense, you will need to update your website to comply with the law.

Finally, if you use any form of social sharing such as a Facebook Like button, a Twitter Tweet button
or a Google +1 button you will need to update your website in order to comply.

These are just an example, if you use any of the above or are concerned about your website
complying with the law please get in touch using the details below.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or wish to proceed with the updates to your website, please contact
Designaweb on 01284 705212 or send an email to [email protected].

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file stored on your computer to store information specific to each visitor that can
be accessed at a later date. When you need to remember something you may write it down on a
post-it note, a cookie operates in a similar fashion.

They’re used for a variety of purposes such as:

Visitor analytics and trends,
To remember visitor preferences, such as persistent logins,
Storing cart information,
Delivering targeted advertising across multiple websites.
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