Did you go mad last week trying to get ready for the new EU Cookie Laws when their enforcement deadline expired on Saturday?
I certainly did – in a mad rush on Friday evening. I’ve uploaded an appropriate Cookie Consent plugin (causing more cookies to be attributed to it!) and added a Cookie Compliant Disclaimer in my sidebar.
But it seems all to no avail, as hardly any websites have risen to the occasion. This isn’t only due to apathy and confusion, but perhaps to defiance, as these laws are totally inappropriate for any decent website that wants to make an honest living.
So I wasn’t surprised when, lo and behold, the powers that be have realised the situation and given up a last-minute compromise – albeit still a bit woolly. According to the Guardian and (more carefully) the BBC News on Sunday, the wording has been changed so website visitors will provide a valid “implied consent” if they continue to use the website, especially if there is no intrusive pop-up demanding their “informed consent”.
As you see, it still isn’t very clear, so I’m keeping my cookie consent pop-up and sidebar disclaimer for a while, even if it does interfere with my Google Analytics statistics. Let’s hope the Cookie Law Enforcers either see sense very soon, or extend their compromise to include all non-spam related cookies so we can get on with our lives as before.
And if anyone wants or needs help with their Cookie Law compliance, you only need to ask the Fairy Blog Mother (by clicking on her logo to send an email) – as that’s what she’s there for!