Legal Update: Using Cookies

Changes to the rules on using cookies

A new law will come into force on 26 May 2011, requiring businesses to obtain consent from visitors to their websites to store or retrieve usage information from users' computers or mobile devices.

Many businesses use cookies (small files that a website puts on a user's computer so it can remember something) as a technique for storing information. For example, they could be used to remember a user's payment details when buying products online.

This checklist, based on guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the changes and highlights the options available to businesses to help them comply with the new rules. The ICO will be issuing separate guidance on how it intends to enforce the new law in the near future.

For further information, please contact our Business Law Team.

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