Guidance on Cookie Law in the UK

Cookie Law Guidance Notes

BS.WEB.GN.01

These Cookie Law Guidance Notes address the important privacy and consent requirements imposed on website owners operating websites within the UK and provide practical guidance for compliance.

The law is currently comprised of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and the GDPR. Under the law, anyone operating a website in the UK must obtain users’ consent for the placing of all but strictly necessary cookies (and similar technologies) on users’ computers and devices.

These Guidance Notes address important aspects of the law governing privacy and data protection, not least the broad definition of “personal data” and the importance of obtaining individuals’ consent under the UK GDPR. Providing clear, detailed information about your use of cookies to users is of great importance, as is offering them genuine control over the cookies that you use. In these Guidance Notes we show you some useful examples of how this can be achieved.

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