The impact of Cookie law

You may or may not be aware of recent changes to EU and UK regulations regarding the use of Cookies on websites. Cookies are small text files sent out to user’s machines and posted back to the server with each webrequest. These tend to feature on nearly every website for one purpose or another, but they are fairly common on websites that are trying to track their user’s actions – e.g. through some form of analytics.

Andrew Cormack from JISC’s regulatory team has written a fairly clear update on the current situation which can be read on JISC’s blog at http://webmedia.company.ja.net/edlabblogs/regulatory-developments/2011/05/12/cookies-now-time-to-wake-up/. Whilst the situation is still a little in flux, institutions are going to need to be aware of how they use cookies on their various web portals and be prepared to defend their approaches if challenged from May 26th onwards.

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