@ 19 March, 2019.
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Five years forward
one step back
So after five years of money and time squandered the outcome is some sites have a small banner at top or bottom of page. Most people do not notice them, others are annoyed at having to click to dismiss. A step back.
Most WBI published websites now have a privacy link leading to a cookie and privacy page specific to that site. Common sense has finally prevailed.
A few sites continue to deploy annoying blocking question asking intrusion strategies, presumably because they had spent lots of time and money developing them.
So that’s why
UK courts allow Google to be sued in relation to the “Safari Scam”. This circumvented the browsers security setting, causing it to think the user was filling in a form on a trusted site and thus allowing the Google owned Double Click to install a temporary cookie. Google has been previously fined over $39,000,000 in the USA for the same issue.
Nearly 2 years since this law required compliance. Many sites (some quite important) still seem not to display even minimal warnings or options. OR perhaps they use pop ups but browsers are blocking.
Many sites are taking the simple course of displaying a small header as WBI sites continue to do.
There have been some significant ironic spin offs, like the Radio Times site that displayed a huge pop up on your first visit but not thereafter. Part of the “joke” was that the automated banner removal was instigated with a “cookie”.
On the highly respected PC Pro web site Mark Newton wrote “The new cookie laws were so unworkable, even the Information Commissioner was forced to retreat…. In reality, most websites couldn’t comply with the law.”
Who is interested?
The BBC reported “The ICO said it had received 486 complaints about non-
Full compliance possible?
A researcher claimed “our own research with Manchester University's School of Computer Science is demonstrating that there is currently no automated solution to help organisations comply with the cookies regulation.”
The BBC reported “A software firm has challenged the UK's ICO to punish it over its use of web cookies.”
It is believed the ICO is to issue further advice in November.
What new law?
Cookie law ignored
On 6th June, 2012 The Telegraph reported “The majority of websites are still flouting new EU 'cookie' laws”.
ICO row back
A day before enforcement was due to start, the ICO revealed it would consider "implied consent" to be good enough.
Cookies On Safari
Stanford University found advertisers were able to store Google cookies on computers browsing with Apple Safari. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google "disabled the code after being contacted by the paper".
ICO gives web sites a further year to comply. This was down to lack of action by many sites, mainly down to the law as directed by ICO being technically impossible to comply with. Many IT companies become very busy making or wasting money in the rush to comply.
Cookie law announced
ICO gives web sites two years to comply with its interpretation of the law.