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Is your website taking the biscuit? ICO to crack down on cookie compliance


We’ve been talking to Tom Gell, data protection expert at Trust Keith and ISO Serious, about cookies. You might think that you have this covered, but it’s a fast-moving area and many organisations don’t realise they are out-of-date and failing to comply with the law. 

Remind me, what are cookies?

In a nutshell, cookies are small data files used by websites to track and remember users. They enable businesses to analyse user data, personalise online ads and monitor web browsing. This can be problematic from a privacy perspective as highly sensitive, personal information may be discoverable from tracking someone’s web browsing history. 

Why should I care?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is clamping down on poor cookie practice. While it is currently larger organisations that are being scrutinised, there will be a trickle-down effect, as there was with privacy notices, so smaller players will need to ensure compliance to avoid complaints and likely also in order to get through privacy audits, win contracts ,etc.. 

The ICO has also said it is developing an AI tool to assist with automatic enforcement, so it’s more important than ever to understand the requirements. 

Top 7 things Tom says you need to know…

Tom Gell shares his list of the top things you need to know below to help ensure you measure up.

1. There are two types of cookies

2. Analytical cookies

3. Other tracking technology

4. Changing law

5. 3rd party providers

6. “Reject all”

7. Countries

How can we help?

If you want to discuss any of the above or if would like us to check your cookie policy for compliance please get in touch on info@legaledge.co.uk. You may also want to check out our previous blog on why do I need a cookie notice.

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