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UK Cookie Law

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  1. crashed

    crashed Senior Member

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    Apparently its no longer acceptable to just have a privacy policy, we now need to request the users permission to use cookies...

    Here's what we are officially expected to do...
    http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/docum...ion/advice_on_the_new_cookies_regulations.pdf

    Has the EU really gone crazy?
     
  2. ``Yousef

    ``Yousef Power Member

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    Within that document it states that an exception to the rule is where a cookie is required for a service requested by the user.

    This is a pretty broad statement, for example, if a user sees an ad to a website on Google AdWords, clicks on it, and then an affiliate cookie is dropped, technically that cookie is required to track that particular affiliate's sale/download/etc as well as establish a period of time within which that affiliate's commission will stick, and the user is requesting the service by clicking on the ad for that website. But would this be considered ok?

    How do you define/at what percentage does something become aimed? If 51% of my traffic is from the US and 49% from the UK, is my website still aimed at "UK consumers"?
     
  3. wowhaxor

    wowhaxor Executive VIP Premium Member

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    You should be an attorney if IM doesn't pan out.

    Really though I thought the exact same thing and I'm sure anyone with a huge stake of money that they try to enforce this on will bring it up. That's what happens when the people who draft the laws aren't familiar with the business; they leave all kinds of loopholes.
     
  4. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    The percentage doesn't matter, one visitor is enough. If the website is accessible, I may get users. And leaving it accessible means I am targeting them. This is how it'll probably go down when the first decisions start to emerge.

    Now if you sit abroad you couldn't care less but if not...

    Regardless, I can already imagine cute popups 'Thank you for opting out of cookies, please claim your free iPad here'.
     
  5. mark0v

    mark0v Junior Member

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    clearly the solution is for the EU to ask China to build a great firewall for them to censor websites using non-compliant cookies.
     
  6. MrSmith

    MrSmith Newbie

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    Just the beginning to the end ;)
     
  7. crashed

    crashed Senior Member

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