Anyone want a Cookie?

cookie monsterEvery time I think or hear the word Cookies the picture of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street appears in my head spouting the immortal line of “Me want Coookiees” but cookies from Sunday (27/05/2012) have more of a significance to play in the computing and internet area, as from today all websites are obliged to inform and give you the option of opting out of said website storing a cookie on your computer.

If you do not know much about what the role of cookies in the using the internet is then please read the articles HERE and HERE (section 12 from and created by my good friend Charlie aka Chaslang). The latter one of the two I have added as cookies are very mis-understood at times and many think they are malware related, they are not.

The BBC News webpage all set to go for this cookie rule today.

BBC News Cookie Notification

“Friday marks the last working day for UK businesses to prepare their websites for a new law governing the use of cookies.

From Sunday, sites must obtain “informed consent” from visitors before saving cookies on a machine.

Cookies are pieces of personal data stored when users browse the web, sometimes to power advertising.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is to launch a tool for the public to report non-compliant sites.”

One thing to note is that once you have agreed or disagreed to allow cookies from a particular site on your PC, each time you visit that site, the option you chose will still be in-action, but you can either deleted your Browsers History (Internet Explorer 9’s options HERE) or do check with your favoured browsers options and help pages. If your browser like Internet Explorer 9 has Tracking Protection you can use that to manage various cookies, I have picked on IE9 as it know and use it more than Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

HERE is the EU Directive on privacy and electronic communications but via the UK Gov’s website as its more readable than the gobbledgook pages of the EU Commission HERE. *I do note the EU Commission has not enacted the cookie options yet! worth checking Sunday to see if they have broken their own laws!*

The Financial Times (FT) cookie option

FT Cookie options

Personally I do not see an issue with cookies that the EU Commission has, to be honest it has just caused more website admins a headache in adding this new alert option. I would imagine the EU Commission will be very busy as I can bet that if we were to see figures in 6 months time on the percentage of sites of websites compliant with this law we would see a high figure non-compliant.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this new law?


Read the full quoted article at BBC Technology News HERE

Cookies good or bad

cookie_monster-eating-a-cookieWell as cookies do not harbour malware and are mistakenly thought to do so by many applications, so I thought I would follow this story as its very correct in that cookies just follow your movement around a particular website.

“The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.

From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.

These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly.

Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.”

It looks as if the European Union is to start forcing websites to alert users to their site/s, to what information is being gathered by the cookies. In the next version of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE9) note it is a Release Candidate (test version) at present you do have the option to do this yourself and block the information a website gathers, with Tracking Protection.

Read the full article HERE at BBC Technology News