UK Websites Given a Year for New Directive

Following the EU law change on web cookies, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given UK websites a year to comply with the laws.

The new directives come into action on the 26th of may and although websites must technically follow the directives, the government has said it is looking for a more ‘business friendly’ solution.

The latest versions on Firefox and Internet Explorer offer a setting to block services which collect and keep browser data and Google is working on this in the Chrome browser

The transition to following the new cookie directives must be thought about, as the end user could have a very disrupted browsing experience if pop-ups were to appear every few minutes.

The ICO has been charged with enforcing the new rules. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham described the new rules as ‘challenging’, being torn between the needs of the industries and the rights of the consumers.

After the 12 month period is up, it is stated that the worst offenders could be hit with fines of up to £500,000.

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