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A new directive from Europe concerning the use of website cookies is set to take effect on 25 May says the Government. However, the Information Commissioner reckons that the law won't take effect until the autumn. The change is designed to force websites to obtain explicit consent from web user

A new directive from Europe concerning the use of website cookies is set to take effect on 25 May says the Government. However, the Information Commissioner reckons that the law won't take effect until the autumn.

The change is designed to force websites to obtain explicit consent from web users before cookies can be installed and used.

There are two methods of implementing the law - either websites can ask users outright if they agree to cookies being installed or browsers can be forced to have a dedicated cookie setting - and the Government seems to be a little unclear its preferred option. Further, the Government - at the time of writing - still hasn't published the regulations that will bring the change into law.

Watch this space...
This was first published in April 2011

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