New internet regulations - cookies

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How do I tell if there are cookies enabled on my webpage? If there are, what is the best way to approach telling visitors to my site, under the new internet regulations?
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Here is the latest update we are aware of: Changes to Cookie Consent Law

This change removes the requirement to have a pop-up cookie opt-in agreement for visitors to your site.

What this change supports is "implied consent". While "implied consent" does have various permutations, the basic premise is that, depending on the context, there may now be no need to get users to click a button or checkbox, as long as your users understand that using the site will result in cookies being used.

As the law is specific to the EU, and not something Yola has any control over, we encourage you to take a look at the literature available on this subject. This will give you a better idea of the original law, the changes, and what sort of wording you are required to have on your site: Changes to UK Cookie Law. Lastly, the UK Cookie Guide and Cookies Guidance PDFs are very helpful resources.

Something that is recommended by many websites, is the addition of a Privacy Policy. This type of policy generally discloses what you do with the information your visitors provide you with. In the case of the cookie law, you could extend this Privacy Policy to include information about "implied consent" and cookie handling on your website. It's also a good idea to have a page on your website detailing what cookies are and explaining to your visitors how to manage them. This article offers a helpful explanation about cookies, and how users should manage their cookies.

There is a lot of information to take in, and while this forum is a great place to discuss it, it is not possible for Yola to provide legal assistance. If you do have additional questions about this law, it is recommended that legal advice be sought.