EU Cookie Directive

The new EU cookie law that came in to force on 26th May 2012 has caused lots of discussion. From that date all websites must obtain explicit consent before leaving behind any cookies (reading files) on user's computers and the use of such cookies needs to be made obvious to users.

It's not obvious though how this is going to be policed and also apparent that many 'official' websites are as yet still to comply. Many appear to be waiting on 'test cases' to start appearing in the courts before making a move.

 

It may be difficult for you to work out if your website uses cookies that are deemed "non-essential" but in simple terms:

Essential cookies that at needed to ensure that the website works correctly (e.g. cookies required for customers to check out and buy products) do not require an 'opt-in/opt-out' procedure.

Non-essential cookies which includes those from advertising, affiliate programs and analytics (e.g. Google Adsense and Google Analytics) DO REQUIRE an 'opt-in/opt-out' procedure.

For full information on the law check out the information from the UK Information Commissioner's Office at http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx

The simple answer may be to implement a FREE solution:

CookieQ’s Cookie Consent Button

EU Cookie Directive WordPress Plugin

Drupal Cookie Control Plugin

Cookie Control

Need more on the law and how to implement it?

SilkTide’s great to the Cookie Law

ICC’s UK Cookie Guide

Four tips to comply with the EU cookie law in time

If you are unsure how to progress on this matter and you are already a Zenith Hosting client do get in touch with us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

So what about Zenith Hosting? Well, the only cookies we employ are deemed essential to the workings of the website and permit the use of the 'shop' section, access to Web Mail and access to zhPanel, but we are still keeping ours eyes open!