Are your cookies legal?

As of 26th May 2012, the law relating to cookies is changing and all businesses operating a website need to make sure they are compliant. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stipulated that as a web owner you should:

  • Tell users that the cookies are there
  • Explain what the cookies are doing
  • Obtain a users' explicit consent to store and use their cookies

Cookies using personal data need to comply to DPA 1998 and will be a focus for ICO enforcement. The greater the relation your website's cookies have to your users' personal data the more robust your approach to managing them should be. Every website owner needs to make sure their website complies.

So what do you need to do?

If you are embarking on developing a website, make sure you carry out due diligence to ensure you comply with the new law. The web owner is liable, not the developer or designer so make sure you understand what your cookies do and that they conform.

If you already run a website as part of your business you need to:   

  • Check the type of cookies your website is using
  • Assess how intrusive your cookies are. How much of your users' personal data do they use and store?
  • Decide how you are going to get your users' consent to use their cookies. Will it be a prominent link up front, a pop-up alert or some other method?

Clear, transparent explanations that all users can easily understand and sign up to are critical. The law will not tolerate processes based on assumptions or customer ignorance. The user needs to have full understanding that cookies will be set, what they will be used for and what they are agreeing to by ticking the box.

A web audit will help you assess your current situation and plan what you need to do to ensure you are compliant.

For more information, or to book a web audit, please contact Solweb on 01202 232 846 or email


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