Do I Need A Cookie Policy On My Website?

What is a cookie policy and how often should you update it?

Before answering the question, do I need a cookie policy on my website? We need to understand what a cookie is. Cookies are small pieces of data that websites can store on a visitor’s computer or mobile device for future visits. They help keep track of a user’s activities on the website and enable the website to provide better service to its users.

A cookie policy is a written document that informs visitors about what cookies are being used and how they can be disabled. It is important to update your cookie policy regularly to comply with any changes in the law, otherwise you may face penalties from regulators.

What legal requirements do I have to follow regarding cookies in the UK?

The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

So do I need a cookie policy on my website? If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.

If you don’t comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine.

Cookies are small files that are sent to your browser and stored on your device. They can be used by websites to store information about how you use the site, and they can also be used to track your internet browsing activity.

The UK law requires that all cookies must be “lawful” in order for a website operator to store them on a user’s device. A cookie is a small text file placed on a user’s computer, laptop or mobile device when they visit a website. These files can contain information about the user, such as their preferences and other data collected through tracking technologies. Cookies are used for many purposes including to store user preferences and track usage of websites so that they can be improved. ICO the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has said that consumers should be aware that companies based in the EU must follow different privacy laws and may use cookies for these purposes. The European Commission has provided more information about cookies here however, this does not currently apply to UK law.

The privacy implications of the EU Cookie law.

EU cookie law is a law that requires websites to get consent from their users before storing certain types of data.

It law was introduced to protect the privacy and data of internet users. It states that websites need to get consent from their users before storing any personal information, like the user’s name and email address. The law also requires websites to inform their visitors about how they use cookies on their site, for example by displaying a cookie banner on the website when it is first opened.

The EU cookie law does not apply to every website in Europe, only those who are based in the European Union or offer goods or services there.

In conclusion, to answer the question ‘Do I need a cookie policy on my website?’

There is a legal requirement to notify visitors to your website if you use cookies. Most commonly this is done by having “pop up” notice/disclaimer that is easily clickable and won’t be too much of a distraction to your visitor linking to your policy so that your visitor can be clear what you do with their data. You can have a plenty of generic policies online and they are easy to copy and paste. You can look at ours and change it to suit your own company profile.

Go to this link read more on how to comply with the registration at the ICO website 

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