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Survey: Many Gov't Websites Unprepared for Cookie Law

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

August 23, 2011

An independent audit by Socitm of 603 public-sector websites, including 433 local authorities, has found that only a half-dozen have taken action to be sure their websites comply with new cookie legislation, ZDNet reports. The cookie law, which came into force in May, requires website owners to gain consent from users before cookies are placed on computers or mobile devices. The average number of cookies on sites surveyed was 32, while one site contained 1,346 cookies. The Information Commissioner's Office has given websites one year to come into compliance before taking enforcement action.
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