We’ve been following a discussion thread begun by podcaster Tony Whitmore (http://tonywhitmore.co.uk/) on the UK legislation covering the use of software cookies (sadly the baked goods are already subject to regulation and taxes).
All cookies are covered by the legislation. Regulation 6 requires that the user is given clear and comprehensive information about all cookies used, and that the user has given consent for each one.
Implied consent may be sufficient; the ICO’s guidance is not exactly clear. But then the legislation is so broad, achieving clarity is quite difficult. At least the ICO itself has a large cookie notification and consent box on the site.
It seems likely that a lot of software will be setting up cookies by default and many users will not be aware this is happening. Over to Tony… Continue reading