New rules on cookies came into force on 26 May 2011. Consent is now needed in relation to most cookies placed on a user’s PC (or mobile device) by UK websites. Similar rules are coming into force throughout Europe.
The new rules — required by a European Directive — are implemented in the UK by means of an amendment1 to the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (the ‘PEC Regs’). Guidance2 on these rules from the UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), had been highly anticipated and has now been published (the ‘ICO Guidance’).
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