Tuesday 22 May 2012

Tuesday Top Tip - EU Cookie Directive Deadline in the UK Fast Approaching

If you are in the UK, you have four days to become (finally) compliant with the EU cookie directive. The (real) deadline is May 26th 2012. A year ago, the Information Commissioner gave you a year to comply. So what to do?

Approach 1 - Information Commissioner's Office - ICO

A relatively simple approach is to copy the approach taken by the Information Commissioner's office (ICO) itself. Go to the ICO  website and you will see the following at the top of the page.

You can click on the "I accept cookies..." button to accept cookies. If you don't click, each time you go to the site you will see that message. If you do click, then you won't see it again.

Approach 2 - BT

A more comprehensive approach comes from BT. When you go to the BT website, you will be prompted with the following window

If you click on the Change settings, you are presented with the following which allows you to set the level of cookies that you will accept using a drag bar. You then choose Save and Close.

So those are two approaches. The ICO one is more simple and might be easier to implement in the short term. The BT approach is more elegant but would take longer to implement.

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