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Cookie Compliance

Cookies are small pieces of text sent from a website to a web browser's cookie storage. Cookies allow websites to identify users or preferences when users move from page to page, or between sessions. They also allow users to login, buy products, and carry out other activities on websites.

A ruling by the EU, which takes effect in the UK on 26th May 2011, makes it mandatory to gain users' permission to store cookies.  This unfortunate ruling will affect the majority of dynamic websites on the internet, and every website owner will need to decide how to react.

There is some guidance from the Information Commissioner's office, here, which we summarise below:

  • you will need a user's explicit consent if you want to store a cookie on their device.
  • there are a number of ways of gaining this consent, but it cannot be buried in a terms and conditions link.
  • The only exception to this rule is if what you are doing is 'strictly necessary' for a service requested by the user, for example they are adding something to a basket.

The first step to complying with this directive is to examine your website thoroughly for cookie usage.

Ecommerce websites will still need to be examined in order to eliminate or receive permission for cookie usage before the basket stage.

We are charging a flat-rate fee of £75+VAT (to new customers) to investigate each website, whether it is a ten-page site or a multi-community ecommerce site. The report will list all of the types of cookies saved by the website, and recommended actions. 

The cost of carrying out changes will depend on the report.  In some cases it will be negligible; in others it may be significant.

You can request this report from us by getting in touch, giving details of any passwords, etc. required to access your website.  You will be given a tracking reference and the work will be carried out on a first-come first-served basis.

If you have any questions please contact us via the contact form.


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Oxford Web is a trading name of Alberon Ltd, registered company no. 5765707 (England & Wales).