On 26th May 2012, the BBC reported that thousands of websites were breaking new legislations brought in by the EU to help consumers navigate the internet. You can see the article here. But, the introduction of this law and the requirements surrounding it have been difficult for many to understand, derided by others and just plain ignored many. Never the less, these legislations are now law and you should comply with them if you want to trade online. Even large corporations such as Microsoft have taken this seriously so you should too.
What is the new UK Cookie Law?
Even though the law came in to force in 2011, the UK government gave a years grace period for companies to comply with the law before enforcement would start. That period is now over and EU companies should now obtain permission before any cookies are used by your website.
Oliver Emberton founded the website nocookielaw.com in order to protest the changes saying, In the below video he looks at what has happened 30 days after the changes came in to effect.
How do we do it?
Below are a list of all of the cookies we use on our site and what they do:
Cookie Category Cookie Name Cookie Description
Google _utma A Google Analytics cookie, which keeps track of the number of times, a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
_utmb A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters a site.
_utmc A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.
_utmv Used for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.
_utmz A Google Analytics cookie which tracks where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from.
PREF, NID This cookie is set by Google Maps when you load a map of our location
WordPress wp-settings, wp-settings-time- This is a cookie is to verify if you are logged into the website or not.
wordpress_, wordpress_logged_in WordPress cookie for a logged in user.
comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url When you enter a comment on this site you will be asked to provide certain information about yourself including your name, email and website address.
What can we do for you?
Here at Mushroom Internet we have developed a system for our current crop of websites that allow us to add informed consent in the form of a banner at the top or bottom of your page, much like we have done. This is a very unobtrusive way of conveying the message to your customers and comply with the law. For more information about how we can apply this to your website,