The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, andgive them a choiceto allow it or not.
There are other technologies, like Flash and HTML5 Local Storage that do similar things, and these are also covered by the legislation, but as cookies are the most common technology in use, it has become known as theCookie Law.
All websites owned in the EU or targeted towards EU citizens, are now expected to comply with the law.
If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.
If you dont comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean afine.
Compliance with the cookie law comes down to three basic steps:
Work out what cookies your site sets, and what they are used for, with acookie audit
Obtain their consent, such as by usingOptanon, and give them some control.
Cookies are a kind of short term memory for the web. They are stored in your browser and enable a site to remember little bits of information between pages or visits.
To find out lots more about cookies in general and the different types, take a look atCookiepedia- the leading information resource all about cookies.