PECRs (Cookies) Implementer guide for public sector websites

What are you doing to comply with the new Cookies Law?

According to official guidance from the Government Digital Service (GDS), RECOMMENDATION 1 is to undertake a comprehensive audit of cookies.

The guidance states that ‘… Where it is not possible for a department’s web team to definitively list all the cookies (both first- and third-party), an external organisation can be commissioned to carry out an audit.’

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The one year period of grace for compliance with the new Cookies Law is nearly gone – from 26 May 2012, websites that are not compliant with the revised PECR run the risk of attracting attention from the Information Commissioner – and, possibly, a regulatory penalty of up to £500k.

There are less than three months to pull together your EU Privacy Law compliance strategy – and compliance is not going to be straightforward.

  • Do you know what cookies your site installs?
  • Do you know how intrusive or essential they are?
  • Do you know how to get the ‘informed consent’ of your visitors prior to installing each of the cookies?

There will be difficult decisions to make and technological website changes to implement. Web developers are not compliance experts. The compliance obligation falls clearly and squarely on the website operator. As there has been a 1 year lead-in period, there is no excuse for not having made a start on compliance.

The essential first step is to complete a Cookies Audit. A Cookies Audit will tell you what cookies you have on your site and will tell you what steps you need to consider in order to become compliant. The ITG Security Testing Cookies Audit is a quick, effective and thorough process that delivers all the information the ICO expects of such an audit – and, alongside our detailed analysis of your cookies, we throw in extra value, such as relevant opt-in text and a cookie security assessment.

Don’t take chances – get an experienced website testing firm to audit your site right away. Don’t get caught in the last minute rush when prices go up and resource availability goes down. – and, until 30 March 2012, pay only £995 per website – book online, email us or call our customer service team and get your Cookies Audit scheduled right away.

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