Last minute update to EU cookie law - why did we bother?!
26th May 2012,
26th May 2012,
According to the Guardian, they updated the rules on Thursday and published them yesterday. I noted in my blog post yesterday about how we updated our website for the cookie law that they'd removed the PDF guidelines I'd emailed to all of our clients last week and not left so much as a redirect in it's place.
I explained yesterday how this was an issue for anyone with a CodeIgniter website that has user accounts as a cookie is placed as soon as you visit the site. So there's no chance of asking someone before they get to your site - unless you take them to a rubbish little holding page first. There's also the irony of needing extra cookies to remember people's preferences on cookies!
Very interestingly - they have a section for "necessary" cookies, which you can't opt out of. Like our CodeIgniter one. But whereas we have 1, they have quite a few, including BBC-UID which allows "log analysis to determine the number of unique users". Their own stats package basically, which so many people argued they couldn't live without when the law meant potentially not using Google Analytics.
Under the guidelines as they stood before yesterday, the BBC would have had to have each visitor actively allow it to use these necessary cookies. So a lot of the web shouted that the law was practically unenforceable. And the Government caved.
It supposedly does also still mean though that you have to make cookie information clear - rather than just a little grey "privacy" link in your footer.
The UK have had longer to conform than the rest of Europe which I assumed meant we were behind the times with conforming, but the Guardian claim that many were worried that if the law was enforced in the UK then we'd have a disadvantage over European websites where the rule is largely ignored. And there was me thinking we'd just lose out to the whole of the US and the rest of the world!
So I'm not surprised that the law has been eased, and I think the law as it stood was crippling to UK businesses. But I wish they'd sorted it out before now!
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