But first, a brief description of what a cookie is, and what it does – this from the BBC:
The site then ’knows’ that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. For instance, it can be helpful to vary content according to whether this is your first ever visit to a site – or your 71st.”
Most browser vendors have provided the ability for users to block cookies from running within the browser, and the ability to clear cookies has likewise been a part of the operating system and the browser meaning you can clear any cookie data stored on your machine. So in terms of opting out, the facilities have always been there.
The change here is that any website that wants to use a cookie, and vitally a cookie that is not essential to the function of your website, must gain the explicit permission of the user before it can store itself on the user’s machine. The only exception to this at the moment are cookies that are vital to the running of the website, for example a cookie that remembers the content of a users shopping cart on an e-commerce site.
If you would like help in this matter, to find out if, and how to get your site to comply with these new regulations then drop us a line on 01372 227950
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