Cookies are those “text” files which are also used to identify a person, transaction or an event. There are various types of cookie including session cookies, secure cookies, first-party cookies and third-party cookies. Typically they record a site name and a unique user ID and so if your website has cookies (and most do) then you are capturing data. In fact, most websites need cookies to be able to function.
The current law means that if you don’t provide enough information about cookies to anyone who views and/or uses your website then you could be liable to a hefty fine. At the moment there is still quite a relaxed view because the law in this area is still relatively new and, dare we say it, a little confusing.
However, let’s not be complacent, now is the time to dust down your website policies and make sure that
– you adequately explain what a cookie is?
We find this is something best achieved with a cup of tea and a cookie of the biscuit variety.