Sweet hypocrisy - Parliament.uk doesn't follow new UK cookie laws
As you may have noted in the tech press, the UK is rolling out a much maligned cookie law which mandates all UK web sites must explicitly gather consent from visitors before setting cookies. There has been a general uproar online as the Information Comimssioner's Office has specifically noted that even analytics cookies such as those set by Google Analytics would not be exempt from this law, and those who ignore it can be fined up to £500,000.
The law actually came into force a year ago, May 25th, 2011, but has not been enforced for a year as the ICO gives sites time to settle in and bring their code up to scratch.
So as the May 25th 2012 enforcement deadline looms closer what renegade sites continue to ignore the directive? Never mind the voice of the people (BBC is still not providing any cookie opt-in) but even the official site of the parliament, www.parliament.uk is happily setting analytics cookies without user consent or notice even though the law is fully in effect (although not enforced).
Yes, the ICO has a cookie opt-in on their page, but one has to wonder at the numbers of jobsworths involved in this directive to be blustering in the press about non-compliance when they couldn't even get the official parliamentary sites (yes those which presumably passed this law) in order 11 months from the deadline.