The Cookies law has been downgraded to: 'implied consent'

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The Cookies law has been downgraded to: 'implied consent'

"Implied consent" is the term now being used for the shift in responsibility to the user rather than the website owner(s), subsequently becoming an instant relief to millions of UK websites operators who have been struggling to comply with new EU directive which came into law in 2011. During the early planning stages of the law, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had said that ‘implied consent’ would not work, however on Thursday; the ICO changed its mind and said that informed consent would suffice. This change instantly placing the legal burden on the user and not the website owner. In effect the websites can assume users have given their consent. From Monday 28th May,0 websites will be expected to tell users what cookies are being placed on their machine, most probably through a pop-up window. To help in the battle against the mis-use of cookies the ICO is launching a tool for the public to report non-compliant websites. The owners of non-compliant websites face fines of up to £500,000 but the ICO has said it will not be pursuing prosecutions until the new rules have had time to bed in. Which is fortunate as last week the government admitted the majority of its websites will not be ready in time.

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