EU Cookie Law

Last updated 7 March 2013

“The deadline to comply with the new EU cookie law is 26th May 2012. Failure to do so means you can be fined up to £500,000.”

A scary statement isn’t it?

It’s easy to comply, just read on.

What are cookies?

All of our blogs use cookies to collect information, without us realising it. Cookies are used when:

  • readers leave a comment (do you ever notice that some sites you visit regularly know who you are?)
  • readers use the social networking share buttons on our blogs.
  • measuring the traffic to our blogs, they also track readers while they are reading our blogs they collect information about which pages the readers visit and how long they stay.
  • you host advertising on your blog.

The EU cookie Law requires every site in Europe to let their readers know that they are using cookies and give the readers the choice to opt out.

What should you do to comply with the law?

You must give your readers clear notice that you use cookies. If they carry on reading then that is implied consent.

You can also use a widget to inform your readers.

If you use wordpress, you can add a plugin. There are a few to choose from. Some have pop up boxes or messages, some ask the reader to confirm they accept the use of cookies, some just display a message, so choose the one you feel works best for your blog.

If you are on another platform, such as blogger, don’t worry there are site’s out there that give you simple code to add to your blog. I like this cookie widget by Heart Internet, but if you do a search you will find others.

Some bloggers are choosing to have a privacy and cookie policy page with a clear link to it from their sidebar or footer. This policy needs to contain the following information:

  • The information you collect
  • What you do with that information
  • How you use cookies
  • How the reader can opt out of using cookies

You can read about the new regulations on the ICO website.

Written by Jacqueline Meldrum and updated by Judith Lewis.

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