European Data Protection Digest

Cookies: A Mystery Soon To Be Revealed

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

April 20, 2012

The Telegraph reports that though many organisations will likely miss the 26 May compliance deadline for implementation of the EU ePrivacy Directive, it will mark the day many web users become more aware of cookies. Websites will, under the new law, be required to gain consent for each cookie placed on users' computers and, according to one expert, this will be "incredibly onerous for website owners." The information commissioner has said he doesn't want the law to put an "unnecessary burden" on businesses, and the Communications Minister noted, "we do not expect the ICO to take enforcement action in the short term against businesses and organisations as they work out how to address their use of cookies."
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