New Cookies For Everyone!

The new Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 took effect last weekend. This is a brief run-down of what it is, how it might affect you and what it means you’re your business.

“What’s so special about a cookie?”

Cookies are simple pieces of code necessary to make a things like internet shopping work properly. Many simple cookies (“session cookies”) delete themselves after the transaction is concluded. Others collect the data you input and pass it to third parties you have no knowledge of. These ‘third party’ cookies are used to drive behavioural advertising and often remain on your computer even if you try to delete them and are ‘resurrected’ each time you go online. It is these so-called “zombie” cookies that the new law is designed to address. The law also applies equally to flash cookies, bugs and web beacons.

“Why has the law changed?”

The reason is privacy and giving consumers a choice about whether your data can be collected and stored for future use. The UK Information Commissioner acknowledges that a staggeringly low 13% of consumers actually know what cookies are and what they do. The new legislation requires website owners to get active consent from site users for the use of cookies which store and retrieve data. This law applies irrespective of the device used to connect to the internet, whether it’s your iPhone, iPad or PC.

“How do We Comply?”

The law requires that a data subject must give free and informed consent to the use of cookies. If your site only uses cookies for functional purposes (like Google Analytics or social networking links) a simple cookie pop up like “We use cookies – accept” should be enough to comply.

If your site uses lots of external advertising and so is likely to be using third party cookies, the “informed consent” part of the law becomes more onerous and you should describe the cookies in use and ask users to opt-in via a check box or similar.

“Ah, but we just design websites….”

The Information Commissioners guidance says “Companies who design and develop websites or other technologies for other people, must also carefully consider the requirements of these Regulations and make sure the systems they design allow their clients to comply with the law.” So no get-outs, no excuses. New websites must comply and existing sites must be made to.

Conclusions

The Information Commissioner has indicated that he will give a grace period for compliance, but this is not an reason for inaction. If you haven’t already done so, you must make your site compliant – this is not a zombie law, it will not go away and it will not self-destruct!

The Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.gov.uk has lots of information on the changes and Richard Beaumont of the Cookie Collective has published a useful article on this and cookie audits in the July issue of .Net magazine www.netmagazine.co.uk.

For more legal advice on the use and storage of cookies contact Joanne Frears on jef@jgrlaw.co.uk

 

New Cookies For Everyone!

The new Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 took effect last weekend. This is a brief run-down of what it is, how it might affect you and what it means you’re your business.

“What’s so special about a cookie?”

Cookies are simple pieces of code necessary to make a things like internet shopping work properly. Many simple cookies (“session cookies”) delete themselves after the transaction is concluded. Others collect the data you input and pass it to third parties you have no knowledge of. These ‘third party’ cookies are used to drive behavioural advertising and often remain on your computer even if you try to delete them and are ‘resurrected’ each time you go online. It is these so-called “zombie” cookies that the new law is designed to address. The law also applies equally to flash cookies, bugs and web beacons.

“Why has the law changed?”

The reason is privacy and giving consumers a choice about whether your data can be collected and stored for future use. The UK Information Commissioner acknowledges that a staggeringly low 13% of consumers actually know what cookies are and what they do. The new legislation requires website owners to get active consent from site users for the use of cookies which store and retrieve data. This law applies irrespective of the device used to connect to the internet, whether it’s your iPhone, iPad or PC.

“How do We Comply?”

The law requires that a data subject must give free and informed consent to the use of cookies. If your site only uses cookies for functional purposes (like Google Analytics or social networking links) a simple cookie pop up like “We use cookies – accept” should be enough to comply.

If your site uses lots of external advertising and so is likely to be using third party cookies, the “informed consent” part of the law becomes more onerous and you should describe the cookies in use and ask users to opt-in via a check box or similar.

“Ah, but we just design websites….”

The Information Commissioners guidance says “Companies who design and develop websites or other technologies for other people, must also carefully consider the requirements of these Regulations and make sure the systems they design allow their clients to comply with the law.” So no get-outs, no excuses. New websites must comply and existing sites must be made to.

Conclusions

The Information Commissioner has indicated that he will give a grace period for compliance, but this is not an reason for inaction. If you haven’t already done so, you must make your site compliant – this is not a zombie law, it will not go away and it will not self-destruct!

The Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.gov.uk has lots of information on the changes and Richard Beaumont of the Cookie Collective has published a useful article on this and cookie audits in the July issue of .Net magazine www.netmagazine.co.uk.

For more legal advice on the use and storage of cookies contact Joanne Frears on jef@jgrlaw.co.uk

 

New Cookies For Everyone!

The new Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 took effect last weekend. This is a brief run-down of what it is, how it might affect you and what it means you’re your business.

“What’s so special about a cookie?”

Cookies are simple pieces of code necessary to make a things like internet shopping work properly. Many simple cookies (“session cookies”) delete themselves after the transaction is concluded. Others collect the data you input and pass it to third parties you have no knowledge of. These ‘third party’ cookies are used to drive behavioural advertising and often remain on your computer even if you try to delete them and are ‘resurrected’ each time you go online. It is these so-called “zombie” cookies that the new law is designed to address. The law also applies equally to flash cookies, bugs and web beacons.

“Why has the law changed?”

The reason is privacy and giving consumers a choice about whether your data can be collected and stored for future use. The UK Information Commissioner acknowledges that a staggeringly low 13% of consumers actually know what cookies are and what they do. The new legislation requires website owners to get active consent from site users for the use of cookies which store and retrieve data. This law applies irrespective of the device used to connect to the internet, whether it’s your iPhone, iPad or PC.

“How do We Comply?”

The law requires that a data subject must give free and informed consent to the use of cookies. If your site only uses cookies for functional purposes (like Google Analytics or social networking links) a simple cookie pop up like “We use cookies – accept” should be enough to comply.

If your site uses lots of external advertising and so is likely to be using third party cookies, the “informed consent” part of the law becomes more onerous and you should describe the cookies in use and ask users to opt-in via a check box or similar.

“Ah, but we just design websites….”

The Information Commissioners guidance says “Companies who design and develop websites or other technologies for other people, must also carefully consider the requirements of these Regulations and make sure the systems they design allow their clients to comply with the law.” So no get-outs, no excuses. New websites must comply and existing sites must be made to.

Conclusions

The Information Commissioner has indicated that he will give a grace period for compliance, but this is not an reason for inaction. If you haven’t already done so, you must make your site compliant – this is not a zombie law, it will not go away and it will not self-destruct!

The Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.gov.uk has lots of information on the changes and Richard Beaumont of the Cookie Collective has published a useful article on this and cookie audits in the July issue of .Net magazine www.netmagazine.co.uk.

For more legal advice on the use and storage of cookies contact Joanne Frears on jef@jgrlaw.co.uk

 

Chopper Designer Alan Oakley Dies

I seem to be writing a lot of Obits lately; it’s perhaps a sign that I am getting on when some of the designers of iconic products from my childhood are shuffling off this mortal coil and through the pearly gates , probably considering a remodel of them, safe in the knowledge that the celestial budget will cover it.

Alan Oakley designed the original Raleigh Chopper in 1967, apparently whilst on an airplane back from the States. It might have been a n American dragster or perhaps a Harley Hog that influenced him, but the Chopper quickly became the bike every boy – and girl – from 8 to 18 wanted. It didn’t look like your dad’s bike, you didn’t need to roll up your trouser leg or put on bicycle clips; it didn’t look like your big brother’s racer or your sisters shopper – it was made for one thing only – making you look cooler than the Fonz. Sure, the ape-hanger handle bars and the asymmetrical wheels could tip you up if your balance was off and you’d career into the frame-mounted gear changer if your braking was even a little hesitant but  add a clicker to the tyre spokes (and not streamers to the handlebars) and it may as well have been a TR7!

Oakley turned around the fortunes of Raleigh in Nottingham but allegedly received no additional pay for his design. Employer’s ownership of copyright and inventions in is a fairly standard term in employment contracts. If you need advice on protecting and exploiting your designs or how to deal with employees’ inventions, contact Joanne Frears on jef@jgrlaw.co.uk