You might have noticed corners or panels appearing on many websites recently, inviting you to accept or opt out of cookies. (Cookies are little bits of data that live on your hard drive).
They warned of fines up to £500K for non-compliance with effect from May this year. They also said they would be unlikely to fine anyone who could prove they were working towards compliance (reading this article might count).
The trouble is, in order for a website to know whether its visitors want cookies or not, it has to store a cookie. The other problem is that simple web hosting packages would need a costly upgrade to include a database to store cookie preferences.
So, at the last minute, the EU changed the guidelines. Instead of site visitors having to opt in or out of cookies, site owners can now ‘presume consent’.
That’s how the cookie (law) crumbles!