If you haven't already noticed, the EU cookie law has now become mandatory in the UK over the weekend.
However it's left a terrible taste in the mouths of several website owners when the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) at the last minute stated that it was ok to use "Implied Consent" as opposed to implicit consent before placing cookies on the users machine. While thousands of website owners will rejoice. Those that had committed the recourses to meet the implicit cookie consent requirement are probably fuming.
You can't help but feel when the government came to overhauling their websites to try and meet the implicit cookie consent requirement that someone said "Hang on a minute we have X hundred sites and we're going to have to recode how all of them to handle cookies in one year!". I also couldn't help but wonder when developers were looking at the issue and discovered that certain server technologies they were using just couldn't be changed to handle the new cookie law requirement. The issue probably fell heavily on the ICO's shoulders, you can almost picture that meeting taking place. How on earth could they enforce a law the government itself was not even abiding by?
How are websites implementing the cookie law this morning?
No 10 Downing Street - number10.gov.uk
No 10's website (you guessed it) has gone for "Implied Consent" I get 4 cookies placed onto my machine. You'll be forgiven if you missed the information about Cookies I've highlighted it for you below.
Amazon placed 9 cookies onto my machine as soon as I visited the website with an anonymous browser. They also appear to have gone with implied consent, scroll right to the bottom of the page and you will see the words in the footer "Cookies & Internet Advertising"
Lloyds TSB - www.lloydstsb.com
Report those offending cookies
The ICO also states on its website that ".the intention behind this Regulation is also to reflect concerns about the use of covert surveillance mechanisms online." It goes on to explain about the use of spyware and "..such activities often have a criminal purpose behind them.". While I appreciate the intention of the law to fight crime, I don't believe a criminal enterprise is going to stop using cookies in this way because it is illegal to do so. However when a criminal is charged with this very offense I presume I will stand corrected.
I await to see what will happen in the coming months, if anything happens at all..