stereopixels, on 12 May 2012 - 12:59, said:
My company are opting for a bt.com
-style opt-in mechanism; last year we started developing a tougher approach which insisted before people browsed our site they make a decision, but in an interview
the information commissioner touched on the BT.com website and how their approach looked "perfectly fine"; our approach would have probably meant more people clicking "no" and leaving us completely unable to track them around our site (I should point out that our Google Analytics cookies are the only cookies we set except for logging into certain areas of our site; we try to be as respectful as possible about our visitor's privacy), BT are using implied consent by allowing a timeout of around 15-20 seconds where they specify that the website will set cookies... if the user ignores or cancels the warning they are giving their consent, if they click the "no cookies" option on the warning instead, then they'll opt out. Once they've opted in or out they can easily change their minds later via a cookie preference option on the page.
Interesting interview... It certainly seems to me that ICO are not overly bothered about explicitly gaining the users consent, but more to trying to educate them about what cookies a site uses and why.
Vice, on 12 May 2012 - 13:03, said:
I will be ignoring this directive on my sites when it comes in to effect. Business as usual.
This doesn't surprise me one bit, and I expect it to be the attitude of most people out there.
jakem1, on 12 May 2012 - 14:50, said:
I'd like to see sites making it clear what they're storing in cookies and giving me the option to keep configuration settings and block any tracking.
Sites also need to work better without cookies. For instance, block cookies on YouTube and you're always presented with an annoying and totally irrelevant banner related to language settings or some nonsense.
I hope the EU really cracks down on sites that ignore the directive.
Well, that in essence is what the new directive is for. However, I cannot personally see it being well enforced.
stopping the user from using the websites) was listened too, as the higher ups were too scared about being fined due to it not actually gaining the users consent. But hey, what do I know... I am merely a placement student and at the end of the day do what I am told
Be interesting to see if we get any complaints from our customers next week when we put this solution live.