The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.
If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.
If you don’t comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine.
How do I comply with Cookie Law?
Compliance with the cookie law comes down to three basic steps:
- Work out what cookies your site sets, and what they are used for, with a cookie audit.
- Obtain their consent, such as by using tools such as Metomic or Termly, and give visitors some control.