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Cookie Compliance Confusion Continues

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

May 10, 2011

Following on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) publication of advice to help businesses comply with a new EU law governing the use of Web cookies, many experts and business owners are voicing confusion over what to do next. PC Pro reports on key elements of the advice, including the recommendation that organizations "can't rely on browser settings to help them comply" when the EU's new law goes into effect on May 26. "Web companies need not panic over the vague guidance and tight deadline, as the ICO has reiterated that it has no immediate plans to take action against sites that don't comply," the report states. Following Monday's announcement of the newly published advice, Hazel Grant of Bristows told the Daily Dashboard, "It's something of a surprise that the guidance has been issued so early and, crucially, without the guidance on how the ICO will carry out enforcement. The ICO seems keen to encourage businesses to make a start on assessing the cookies used by their websites and potential compliance mechanisms. Carrying out these activities--and documenting them--may be helpful in any subsequent enforcement." Editor's Note: To be a part of the rich dialogue going on right now about the ICO's advice and cookie compliance concerns, visit our website to join the IAPP Privacy List, a free service for IAPP members.
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