Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thousands of websites unprepared for new EU cookie law

Privacy regulations that cover the use of cookies and similar technology for storing and accessing information on a users computer or mobile came into force on 26 May 2011.   Cookies are small files placed on a user’s computer when he/she visits a particular website.  Typically they record user choices which are then referenced when the user returns to the website.  Cookies often benefit users; they speed up the browsing process by “remembering” preferred settings.  However, cookies and similar devices can also be used to gather advertising information or for more nefarious purposes such as covert surveillance (e.g. spyware tracing the activity of the user).

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