Counting the costs of the cookie law, part 2: the truth about cookie law fines

Yesterday I discussed how difficult it is to put a financial figure on the projected benefits, as well as the costs, of the EU cookie law’s practical implementation across Europe. Today we turn to the other side of the balance sheet and look at how much money the cookie law has actually made. This refers to any fines and penalties levied in member states for violations of the law.

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EU Cookie Law Mythbusting

Unfortunately things have come to the point where I feel a need to put out a quick FAQ dealing with some misunderstandings about the EU cookie law. As with all my posts, this mainly applies to the cookie law as it has been implemented in the UK.

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The EU Cookie Law compliance horror show

For a recent client project I conducted a review of several dozen web sites belonging to grassroots organisations affiliated to this particular client. These sites, which were all of very recent vintage, stood as sad testimony to the trouble that the Information Commissioner’s Office caused by moving the goalposts of the UK’s implementation of the EU Cookie Law three times in three years.

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30 ways to comply with the EU Cookie Law

Last week a writer asked me to offer up a quick paragraph to help her continental readers understand how to make their web sites compliant with the EU cookie law. I had to politely decline: not because I was not up to the task, but because I would not have been able to write one paragraph. I would have had to write thirty.

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How to vomit your way to cookie law compliance

Back in 2007, when I decided to start my business, I went to various start-up workshops and seminars run by Business Gateway. Inevitably the evening rolled around when the topic of discussion was how to set up a web site. As a web site designer, I kept my mouth firmly shut and took it as an opportunity to observe what sort of advice startups were receiving from well-meaning generalists who had, themselves, never set up a web site.

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