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About the EU Cookie law

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What is a website cookie?

A cookie is a small text file stored on a computer that's used for remembering information between web pages. Because of cookies, your web browser can remember you are logged in, have visited a site before, or what your personal preferences are.  Cookies are also used to track your website’s statistics, and they may be used for social sharing buttons (e.g. the Facebook ‘like’ button).

How will the Cookie opt-in affect my website?

Asking users to opt-in to the cookies on your website is most likely to affect your website statistics (some visitors will not be tracked) and your social sharing buttons (visitors will not be able to ‘Like’ pages or share pages via ‘Share this’ or ‘Add this’ buttons.)

What do I need to do?

To comply, your website needs to tell your visitors that your website uses cookies.  It should include the message:

We use cookies to give you the best user experience. If you continue, we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies. 
Continue or change your Cookie settings

"We use cookies to give you the best user experience. If you continue, we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies."

How do I do it?

We can install a system that will automatically add an alert regarding cookies.  It will add a disclaimer to the bottom of your website when a visitor first arrives and a small tab in the upper-left corner that will remain on every web page.  You can see examples on the following websites:

Click to see how it would look on the Siteclick website (A small orange triangle in the bottom-left of the screen and pop-up allowing visitors to opt-in)

Click to see how it would look after a visitor opted in (The small orange triangle turns green)

Is anybody else doing it?

Yes, compliance is now being widely adopted.  However, your business is ultimately responsible so the choice is up to you.

More information

Read the ICO guide to the new cookie law here (PDF)

This does not constitute legal advice, if you have questions you should contact a qualified legal professional.  

If you have any questions regarding installation of the cookie compliance system, please feel free to contact us.

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