Mayday will your website be legal after the 26th?
For every business with a website, May 26th is going to be a significant day as from this date all websites will need to comply with the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications. Very broadly, the Directive requires websites (any website, not just commercial or e-commerce sites) to gain consent to store or access information on a users computer in other words a requirement to obtain consent for cookies and similar technologies.
Cookie Compliance and what will you need to do
- Tell people that the cookies are there
- Explain what the cookies are
- Obtain their consent to store a cookie on their device
When and how:
- In advance of the 26th May, you should run an audit of the Cookies your sites use and decide whether they fall under the Directive. If you dont feel confident in doing this yourself, use a web design or internet marketing agency who specialise in applying standards compliant web design practices.
- Amend your site coding so that it complies with the requirements of the Directive informing users in advance of the type of information stored, gaining their consent and advising how they can withdraw consent.
Cookie Compliance solutions
Again, a specialist web design or internet marketing agency can provide advice on the best cookie compliance solutions available, but if you are confident enough to have a go yourself, here are a few cookie contol solutions you can try.
- Kookie Grab – This module helps the site owner to comply with current EU cookie regulations by creating a special View Level for visitors who agree to accept cookies.
Static websites and other CMS web designs
- Cookie Control by Civic UK provides an elegant user-interface that doesn’t hurt the look and feel of your site. It takes just minutes to configure and add Cookie Control to your website.
Don’t fail to act!
Although it is unlikely you will be hit with the max fine of £500,000 there are a series of enforcement measures which can lead to a fine if not met, so its sensible to act BEFORE. Even without the threat of action, any ethical business will want to meet the required legislation. As more and more websites comply, those who dont will start to look outdated at best, and suspect at worst. If you found this tutorial helpful then please click the Like or Tweet button below or leave a comment.
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