You can view more about the new law and see an example of a ‘POP UP’ in action here: http://www.cookielaw.org/
What does this mean EXACTLY?
- You MUST audit your cookies and provide clear information about them on your privacy page
- You must use a script to obtain the visitors consent BEFORE and cookies are stored
So what can you do?
The most obvious one is going to be a pop up box, asking for your users permission, if this appears on every page though, it could be annoying and cause a drop in traffic.
If you are using anything as simple as Google analytics, then you need to comply with this new regulation.
There are many web design companies out there now charging big money for implementation of a script that requires user approval, as much as £500 per year, but you does NOT need to spend such money.
Here are a number of solutions to putting the script on your website and obtaining your visitors permission:
What about “IMPLIED CONSENT”??
How will I be affected?
Well firstly, the organisation that passed this law and began using the pop up method of gaining consent on their website has a loss in traffic of up to 90%!!!!
If you are using scripts such as Google analytics and the user refuses your cookies, you simply will not receive any information in your analytics for that user – clearly a problem if you are trying to implement effective search engine optimisation.
I hope this helps and clears things up, to summarise:
Implied consent is still a bit of a grey area, if you are not actively requesting your visitor’s permission to opt in or out then you are NOT fully complying with the new legislation.
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