The EU ePrivacy Directive (AKA the Cookie Law) come into force in the UK on 26th May 2012 and elsewhere in Europe shortly afterwards.
The law aims to protect the privacy of EU citizens as they use the internet, and actually covers several aspects of privacy, not just cookies. The UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) says:
“Cookies or similar devices must not be used unless the subscriber or user of the relevant terminal equipment:
(a) is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and
(b) has given his or her consent.
The Regulations are not prescriptive about the sort of information that should be provided, but the text should be sufficiently full and intelligible to allow individuals to clearly understand the potential consequences of allowing storage and access to the information collected by the device should they wish to do so.”
Source: ICO website, May 2012
What this means for website owners
Your website must comply else you face an investigation and potentially a €500,000 fine.
Complying can actually be quite simple. This site will guide you through the solutions available and provide you with the resources you need to stay informed.
Who this site is for
This site is for you, the owner of a WordPress website who wants to comply with the EU Cookie Law.
You’ll find everything you need to do in order to comply with the EU ePrivacy Directive (AKA ‘the EU Cookie Law’), and a really easy solution for your WordPress website.
WordPress website owners
We love WordPress, and we run many websites that use it.
When looking for a WordPress Cookie Law plugin, we noticed that some had misunderstood what the law was getting at, what was required and what action must be taken. It really isn’t as complex as some are making out. You certainly don’t need to block all cookies or redirect your visitors to Google if they decline your policy.
I decided to create my own WordPress Cookie Law plugin, you can download it here.
CookieLawInfo.com is a plugin by Richard Ashby, a WordPress developer and Ecommerce Consultant from London.
For any website owner, dealing with issues such as the EU ePrivacy Directive is highly important and something to take seriously. That’s why I am dedicated to rigorously researching and staying up to date in order to provide each and every user of my plugin with the latest information and a great solution.
I hope you find it useful!
You can contact me here.