On May 9, 2011, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published an “advice” explaining the new rule for the use of cookie technologies for websites that are subject to the UK laws. This rule results from the implementation of the 2009 Amendment to the 2002 EU ePrivacy Directive into the UK laws. It will amend Regulation 6 of the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations 2003 (PECR).
There are two basic requirements. Businesses and other entities are permitted to use cookie technologies only if the user of the site or application:
- has received clear and comprehensive information about the purpose for the cookie in question; and
- has given his or her consent to the use of the cookie. (more…)