Published 24 May 2011
Open letter on the UK implementation of Article 5(3) of the e-Privacy directive on cookies (PDF 84kb)
This document, written in consultation with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), describes and explains the UK’s intent when copying out the wording of the provision into the Privacy in Electronic Communication Regulations. http://to.ly/cerK
They have the authority to fine up to £500,000
(IMO don’t think they will but how did they arrive at this nice round sum?
The solution to this is I guess simple, just make sure you’re open about the information you are using from those that visit your website how you store it and how you use it, bit like a release form. However, the user experience is bound to be affected by this, and in our cultural landscape the more paranoid will no doubt NOT want to share their information anyway, but I have to assume that many more will probably see the humble cookie as the agent of Big Brother….