EU Cookie Law

Did you know that if your website is owned in Europe, or targeted towards EU citizens then by law you must gain consent from your website visitors to store or receive any information on their computer?

When your visitors view your website,  a very simple text file is downloaded onto their machine – this is called a cookie. Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in.

WordPress make it simple to adhere to the EU Cookie Law.

Most cookies are innocuous but the cookie law has been designed to protect the online privacy of customers by making them aware, and giving them a choice, about the amount of information collected by websites.

So how do you make your website compliant with this EU directive? It is simple with WordPress.com. You place an EU Cookie Law widget on all pages of your website in any of your theme’s widget areas. You won’t see the widget as such but new visitors to your site will see a banner pop up at the bottom of the screen which will give an option of accepting cookies from your website.

WordPress’s guide on implementing the EU Cookie widget can be found here.