On the 26th May, 2012 your website will probably be illegal and you may find yourself with a bill for half a million quid. Yep, half a million quid.
Just in case you find that hard to visualise, the Information Commisioner’s Office may send you a bit of paper saying “You owe us 500 large ones mate, hand it over”.
The law is changing and this isn’t an idle threat, it’s absolutely the law. Wanna know what to do? Read on…
For about a year now it’s been illegal for websites to store ‘cookies’ on a vistor’s computer without their consent. However, the good ‘ole ICO have decided not to penalise people for a year while they sort out the technology to allow that consent to go ahead. But, on the 26th May the law comes into full force and if they wanted to, they could fine you half a million quid.
I was going to go into all the detail about why this law is a bad idea, but someone else has done it far better than me, so watch this video below:
You can also read about it here : http://nocookielaw.com/
Now, there’s a really great system on that site that gives you a bunch of code to make your website compliant with the law. If you want to install this code (which is entirely up to you, I’m not advising either way) then get in touch and we’ll talk to you about it.