A change in UK law which will come into affect on 25th May 2011 will stipulate that all company websites ask users’ permission to place cookies on their computers, reports company compliance experts London Registrars (http://www.london-registrars.co.uk/). While the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) understands most companies will struggle to meet the new requirement by the May deadline, it will be looking for a commitment to compliance in this matter and a plan to put it into effect.
Cookies are small files containing data regarding the user’s activity on the website in order for companies to customise the website experience. It is the storage of this data that the information watchdog is concerned about, giving rise to the new law amendment which means that all company and organisation websites will need permission to place cookies on site users’ PCs as of 25th May 2011. Businesses across the UK will need to ensure company compliance with this planned amendment to the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive.
Corporate governance and legal support firms such as London Registrars are giving advice on workable solutions in order to meet these and all company compliance issues. For more information, contact London Registrars through their website at http://www.london-registrars.co.uk/.