UK.gov misses its own Cookie Law deadline...
The 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.