The ‘cookie law’ was passed by the European Union last year, but the UK government allowed an extra year’s grace before treating it as law here. That period of grace ceased at the end of May 2012.
The new law affects millions of websites across the EU. To find out how it affects yours, read on.
A cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to help keep track of a variety of things, for example if you want to stay logged into a website, or your preferences within a website.
Make our website work as you’d expect
Remember your settings during and between visits
Improve the speed/security of the site
Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
Continuously improve our website for you
Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
Pass data to advertising networks
Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
Pay sales commissions
Remembering your search settings
Allowing you to add comments to our site
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
So you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.