Cookies, but not the baked kind!

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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.

Jac writes:

“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?

All of our blogs use cookies to collect information, without us realising it. Cookies are used when:

  • 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?

If you use wordpress then there are several plugins to choose from that will make it simple for you. Try them out and see what you like the look of on your site. Some have pop up boxes or messages, some ask the reader to confirm they accept the use of cookies, some just display a message, so choose the one you feel works best for you and your site.

Some bloggers are choosing to have a privacy and cookie policy page with a clear link to it from their sidebar or footer. This policy needs to contain the following information:

  • The information you collect
  • What you do with that information
  • How you use cookies
  • How the reader can opt out of using cookies

If you’d like a template to help you write a privacy policy for your blog, then take a look at this helpful post on the Tots100 site – all the info you need is there.

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.

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

Discussion5 Comments

  1. I am grateful for the advice but, sorry, haven’t you re-written the original post you put up on this topic, without referring to the fact you have done so or the reasons why you have?

    As a result, and having followed the advice in the original post and used the widget you linked to, I’m now more confused than ever. Was there something wrong with the original article and advice?This is a clearly difficult area and one we need to get right.

  2. It should take a reader away from your blog if they click no, as there is no way you can stop the cookies from working on the readers pc. The reader that has just said they don’t agree with the cookies. I think you should add it back onto the article. It is rather important.

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