How does the EU Cookie Law affect you?
On 26th May 2011 the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations changed, with the major change relating to the use and storage of cookies. Since 2003 the law stated that a site should provide clear and comprehensive information about any cookies they are using, whereas the updated law now states that in addition the user must give their consent for a site to place cookies on their device.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that is placed on your device (either PC or mobile depending on how you are viewing the site) which contains certain information about you. The site can then read this cookie whenever you return to access this information in order to tailor it's functionality to suit you. Ever gone on Facebook and found yourself to be logged in when you arrive? That's a cookie right there, allowing Facebook to remember your login details on a specific device.
Most cookies are used for core functionality such as remembering what items you have placed in a shopping cart or keeping you logged into a site when you navigate across different pages, although there is a large number of cookies which are used in an intrusive way, such as remembering your browsing habits and personal information in order to tailor marketing information and advertisements to you.
So what's changed?
Recently you may have encountered the following pop-up on various websites.
How does this affect me?
Although a penalty this serious will only be implemented in the most extreme cases where cookies have the potential to cause substantial damage or distress, it is in everyone's best interests to ensure your site complies with the law, if not for liability reasons for transparency purposes in order to show end users that you are a trusted and responsible business.
What can we do for you?
There are 2 existing Drupal modules available which we can implement on your site to provide pop-up functionality to gather cookie consent from users, depending on which version of Drupal you are running. These are:
Cookie Control by budda for Drupal 7 users, which is displayed as follows:
EU Cookie Compliance by Marcin Pajdzik for Drupal 6 users, which similarly displays as follows:
Note both modules can be customised to your preference, allowing them to integrate with your site's current theme.