Website Legal Requirements – Privacy Policy – Basics for your Website

If you are operating a website and require users to register in order to use your website or you are simply using Google analytics on your website then you are collecting and processing personal data. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, if you collect, store or process personal data you must provide specific information to the persons whose personal data you are using. This information is usually provided to users in a privacy policy which should be published on your website.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies – Updated ICO Guidance

The UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will now start to investigate and prosecute companies for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations. These set out the obligations of website operators to provide users with information about cookies and obtain user consent to the use of cookies. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a fine of up to £500,000.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies – New Guidelines

From the 26th of May 2012 the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will start prosecuting companies for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations. These set out the obligations of website operators to provide users with information about cookies and obtain their consent when using cookies. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a fine of up to £500,000.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent Policies

As a result of changes to the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, it is now unlawful to use cookies to collect user data without first obtaining explicit consent. Accordingly, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is responsible for ensuring that websites comply with the new cookie law, has implemented a technical solution on its own website with the result that traffic to it plummeted.

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Website Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent from the 26th of May 2011

As a result of changes to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, it is now unlawful to use cookies to collect user data without first obtaining consent. There is an exception when a cookie is strictly necessary for a service which a user has requested i.e. where a user places an item in an online shopping basket and there is the need to ensure that payment is for the goods actually purchased.

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Websites Legal Requirements – Cookies and Consent

From the 25th of May 2011 the legal requirements for UK website will change and website operators will need to obtain prior consent from users before placing cookies as a result of the Citizens’ Rights Directive. This will change the UK cookie consent policy from “opt out” to “opt in”.

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