ICO’s Autumn 2014 #cookielaw update

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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 3rd quarter of 2014.

All together now: this follows on from their Summer 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2014, Autumn 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, and 2012 aggregate reports.

During the third quarter ICO received a total of 34 submitted complaints. This is a drop of 4 from the summer quarter and less than half of the figures for 2013’s autumn quarter (73.) It makes a total of 135 complaints received so far for 2014.

Wow, that looks like a freelancer's bank balance
Wow, that looks like a freelancer’s bank balance

For the third quarter in a row ICO have had to rant that “many of the concerns received about cookies did not relate to individual sites or provide specific information about non-compliance.”

For the second quarter in a row none of the sites they reviewed raised any cause for concern.

They do report that “In September we also participated in the EU Article 29 Working Party ‘cookie sweep’. This involved data protection authorities visiting websites based in Europe or targeting European consumers to provide a comparative review of practices in relation to cookies. We will publish further information about the findings of this sweep later this year.” It’s important to note that this was an internal exercise which will have no bearing on the current cookie law.

Now, at this point, you’re probably thinking what I’m thinking. Never has so much energy been expended on such a pointless thing. (I’m talking about the cookie law, not these blog posts.) And from there you’re thinking: what’s the bottom line? Stay tuned for a blog post on that coming later this week.

If you missed my talk from WordCamp Manchester, which included a brief bit on the cookie law, fill your boots.

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