For the past two years I have written a post every quarter detailing the statistics on EU Cookie Law complaints received and processed by the the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK data protection authority which oversees the law in the UK.
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.
On the 25th of May we marked the third anniversary of the EU Cookie Law taking effect here in the UK, and with some national exceptions, across Europe. Three years on, we can all look back at what a positive, sustainable, and far-reaching impact the law has had on internet privacy and personal security.
Errrrm…no we can’t.
What happens when governments demand “well-informed consent” from individuals who are unable to provide it? What if access to information or services is conditional upon that consent? Which law wins?
This post is given over to some bite-sized European cookie law updates.
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK government agency which polices the EU Cookie Law in the UK, has released the statistics on cookie law reports they received in the 2nd quarter of 2014. As you know: this follows on from their Spring 2014, Winter 2014, Autumn 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, and 2012 aggregate reports.
I wrote for @wpContentreview about everything web administrators need to know about the cookie law in the UK.
It’s the first in a planned series of bite-size summaries of UK web laws that will run there.
I met Sam, who runs the site, at WordCamp Manchester – so consider this series a WordCamp success story.
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK government agency which polices the EU Cookie Law in the UK, has released the statistics on cookie law reports they received in the 1st quarter of 2014. Anyone sad enough to read my quarterly posts on these figures knows that this follows on from their Winter 2014, Autumn 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, and 2012 aggregate reports.
2014 is only three months old but already it has been a year of extraordinary happenings. We had two consecutive days of sunshine in Glasgow. My accounting software showed no overdue client invoices. My local Tesco started carrying Sriracha Rooster Sauce. And somebody got a cookie law fine.
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK government agency which polices the EU Cookie Law in the UK, has released the statistics on cookie law reports they received in the 4th quarter of 2013. If you’ve been following along, or if you haven’t! – this follows their Autumn 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, and 2012 collected reports.
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.
Today ICO, the independent UK government agency which oversees the EU cookie law within the UK only, has published their quarterly report toting up the statistics on cookie law complaints filed with them between July and September.
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.
ICO recently published an update on cookie law complaints filed with them between April and June. Unlike the spring update, the summer update was not released with any announcement about its publication. It’s easy to understand why.
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.
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.