We’ve noticed from the conversations on twitter between food bloggers that the issue of cookies has arisen and many of you are a little confused as to what you should be doing to comply with the recently introduced EU cookie law. So Jac from Tinned Tomatoes has kindly offered to write us a little guide to explain more.
“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? Well, don’t be afraid! We are going to talk through what cookies are, what the new law expects and some options you may choose to explore to make sure you comply with the EU cookie law. However, we are not lawyers and what action you choose to take is entirely down to you. There is also a very useful post on the Tots100 blog, which you may want to read too.
What are cookies?
- 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?
- The information you collect
- What you do with that information
- How the reader can opt out of using cookies
You can read about the new regulations on the ICO website.
We have slightly edited this post since first publishing it. As a default, the widget that Jac originally recommended in her post takes the reader away from your site if they click the ‘no’ button.