Most websites use a cookie notices, you have seen these pop up on websites either at the top or bottom of a page. Nearly all websites that are based within the EU are supposed to have a cookie notice.
What is a cookie:
A cookie is a very small text file containing a string of letters and numbers that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser on your computer.
What is the cookie legislation?
A privacy legislation was created in May 2011 by the European union directive and it was to be adopted by all EU member countries. The legislation includes:
- Explain which cookies gather what data and how it is used.
The website covers the EU as long as your website is not hosted within a server inside the EU or your business and targeted customers are not in the EU then your website does not need a cookie consent notice.
How does this affect your business?
The following scenarios would mean a cookie consent notice is required:
- Any website that targets consumers based within the EU
- Any organisation or person who owns a website that is located with an EU country
- Any website that us hosted with the EU.
What are the types of cookies?
Within the cookie legislation there is a section explaining about the different types of cookies:
- Session Cookies – These are created when a user visits a website and will expire at the end of that user session
- Persistent Cookies – These Cookies will be stored on your computer by a web browser and will remain valid until a set expiry date.
What do we recommend?
To make sure your business complies we recommended the following:
- A cookie consent notice to alert users to you using cookies.