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More about cookies and the new EU regulations

May 10, 2011

Following on from my previous post regarding the new EU law governing cookies the government has now published the regulations which are due to take effect on 26th May 2011. Along with this the ICO have also issued some advice on what is acceptable and what you should do if you are currently using cookies.

In a nutshell you used to be able to use cookies on your website unless the user said they didn't want them. Now you have to explicitly ask the user if they want to use cookies before you can use them to store information.

As we thought, the exception is if the cookie is "strictly necessary" for the service that the user has requested. For example, in the case of evmessenger and evreports we use a cookie to track that a user is logged in. Without the cookie the system would not work. Since the user has requested to login I think this would be deemed "strictly necessary"

If you want more information, the DMA is going to be running a briefing on Wednesday 1st June 2011 and you can check their website for details.

Posted by Simon Hill
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