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ICC leaves a trail of crumbs to cookie compliance

3 April 2012

With the impending deadline of 25 May 2012 for compliance with the regulations on cookie use looming large for many businesses, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK has this week published some helpful guidance for those who are still unclear on how they ensure their use of cookies on websites will not fall foul of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The guidance, which follows 2 previous ICO guidance publications, provides clear explanations and descriptions of the method of categorisation of cookies and gives examples of how consent to cookie use might be obtained.

Businesses should take heed of this guidance and conduct a ‘cookie audit’ of their websites; whilst the ICO are unlikely to take immediate and aggressive enforcement action, in reality the true risk of non-compliance is the reputational damage that is incurred if your business is seen to fail at obtaining site user’s consent to the collection of information about them.

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