misses its own Cookie Law deadline...

18 May 2012

cookiesThe Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) begins enforcing new cookies laws next week and, guess what? Most government websites aren't going to comply with them. If you missed the original report, a new EU law says that users should be given the choice of whether or not cookies track their behaviour.

These new laws were implemented in the UK by amendments to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) last year. The ICO decided to not kick-arses for a year, thereby giving organisations the chance to comply with the new rules. With that deadline coming to the fore next week, the Cabinet Office are pulling nervously at their collar, noting that the "majority" of government websites will not meet the requirements of PECR.

"As in the private sector, where it is estimated that very few websites will be compliant by the 26th May, so it is true of the government estate," a Cabinet Office spokesman said, according to the BBC. "The majority of department websites will not be compliant with the legislation by that date."

Websites that breach PECR could get slapped with penalties up to £500,000, thereby posing the question - will the government kick its own arse for failing to meet this deadline? Chances are, it won't. Some animals are more equal than others, aren't they?

For the rest of us, we'll see a variety of pop-ups and prompts from websites, asking for consent to cookies and such. Many websites have already started doing this. Consent may be given when you first register for sites in the T&Cs. If you're not reading those (and not many do), then chances are, when you idly tick the box, you'll be handing over consent to be tracked by cookies.

TOPICS:   Technology   Government


  • Craig
    I work for a web company, and this law is a nightmare! It is so wolly, there are so many different variations of how its been implemented. BBC and Tesco have just added a cookie policy to their Privacy policy. BT have a fairly good implementation if anyone is interested.
  • The B.
    Seeing as no one in the EU has bothered to implement it why should anyone else?
  • Marky M.
    @Craig No, we're not. We just like being gratuitously abusive to anybody whose name we don't recognise. You twat.
  • corbyboy
    @Craig It looks like BT's implementation is not legal too. By default they set cookies, unless you opt-out. This isn't allowed. All cookies have to be opt-in.
  • Frank P.
    @ corbyboy Nerd
  • Avon B.
    @ Frank "Ponch" Poncherello Rubbish actor
  • Frank P.
    @ Avon Barksdale I will have you know that I am loved and adored in Puerto Rico where I am still considered to be the second best actor in the world behind Keanu Reeves.
  • Mustapha S.
    My company creates software for a large Government branch (approx 100k users). Cookies is the least of their worries - every user is forced to use Internet Explorer 6, outlook 2003 and win 2000, or if they're good, windows XP (not service pack 3 though)!
  • Alexis
    Just give us an option in the browser to accept all third party cookies. Oh, they already did
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    I will right away seize your rss feed as I can't find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you've any? Please allow me recognize so that I may subscribe. Thanks.

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