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The new EU law states that user consent must be sought for websites using cookies – read more here on the ICO website. This came into force on 26th May 2011 and gave a year ‘grace’ period which has now ended.

The ICO released updated guidelines to websites looking to comply with the cookie law on Friday 25 May – the last working day of their one year grace period for enforcement. This latest document sets out much stronger support for the Implied Consent approach to compliance than previously – they state:

Our latest guidance (May 2012) sets out the changes to the cookies law and explains the steps you need to take to ensure you comply. The updated guidance provides additional information around the issue of implied consent:

  • Implied consent is a valid form of consent and can be used in the context of compliance with the revised rules on cookies.
  • If you are relying on implied consent you need to be satisfied that your users understand that their actions will result in cookies being set. Without this understanding you do not have their informed consent.
  • You should not rely on the fact that users might have read a privacy policy that is perhaps hard to find or difficult to understand.
  • In some circumstances, for example where you are collecting sensitive personal data such as health information, you might feel that explicit consent is more appropriate.
Also see the ICG UK Cookie Guide document.
13 June 2012 Update – This WordPress Plugin seems to cover things simply for WordPress based sites: “UK Cookie Consent


Following the brief downtime this afternoon, we would like to again remind clients that we have an always available, off-network, helpdesk area where we keep you updated on any system issues, downtime, etc and where you can also send emergency messages if needed.  This is the place to go is you think the system/server is offline and you can;t reach us via our main anthonykeenan.com pages.

This helpdesk  is detailed in our welcome emails, on the main AKIS website support page, and in the email footer of all AKIS emails.

AKIS HELPDESK – www.akishelpdesk.co.uk