[The tech press has been awash with cookie-related pun headlines, so we thought we'd keep ours simple...]
You may recently have heard about the EU’s Cookie Directive which came into force in the UK on the 26th of May. This pan-European law requires website owners to seek consent from users before storing any info about the visitor. It’s likely that even basic website for SMEs will use some form of cookie! So, is your website up to date…?
So, what ARE cookies? Apart from being things I dunk in my tea in front of the TV… (with thanks to the DBA for the guidance!)
A cookie is a string of data that a website places on the device from which it is accessed to store and remember things about that visitor. Broadly speaking there are four main types of cookies;
• advertising cookies;
• functionality cookies which are often used to remember a visitor when they later return to the site;
• performance cookies for example, those used to monitor the number of visits to a site; and
• strictly necessary cookies, such as those required to securely access the service requested by the visitor.
Find out more from the legal gurus at DBA: CookieCrumbles