Still worried about giving visitors cookies?

Leading up to May 2012 there was a lot of confusion about the legal requirements for giving cookie to Visitors (used by almost all sites to provide metrics on site traffic).  This resulted in a number of different implementations providing a variety of user experiences.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) eventually provided clarity (http://bit.ly/ZzXyOW), but there are still sites today whose method of dealing with the regulations is overly intrusive.  If you think you may be one of them, read on!

The underlying EU regulation stated that consent must be obtained.  However, this requirement has now been watered down, so that "implied consent is a valid form of consent".  It is important that users understand what is going on and this must be explained clearly and openly, but in practice it is now widely accepted that, as long as you provide explicit navigation to a cookie policy page containing clear descriptions of all cookies, how they are used and how they may be deleted, that is sufficient.

So, say goodbye to those large banners and irritating pop-ups!

P.S. If you are looking like for an example of how to implement your cookie policy, the ICO one is as good as any other - http://www.ico.org.uk/Global/cookies.aspx 

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