The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 was passed on 26th May 2011. Known more commonly as the 'EU cookie law', it is now a legal requirement for website owners to obtain the consent of users before ‘placing or reading cookies’ on their browsers.
In simple terms the Directive:
In view of the difficulties in achieving compliance, the Government asked the Regulator (Information Commissioner) to delay enforcement for 12 months.
The enforcement delay ended on 26th May 2012 and 4 major UK media owners (BBC; Channel 4; Guardian; Telegraph) modified their websites last week as reported in more detail in an e-consultancy post.
The Channel 4 also uses a prominent status bar but requests customers to click to accept and close the status bar. Unlike the BBC, users can't set their preference but have a link to help pages showing how to change their browser settings.
The Guardian & Telegraph also use cookie message status bars. They are also at the top of the page but less prominent than the BBC & Channel 4.
Published 28th May, 2012
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