Regulations on the Internet are a hot topic nowadays, what with such high profile cases regarding SOPA, PIPA and CISPA and the backlash and controversy these directives caused. It’s only natural then that the EU bigwigs join the bandwagon in an attempt to scare the bejesus out of regular internet-browsing folk.

WARNING!!! THIS WEBSITE USES COOKIES… (RUN AND HIDE!!!)

Essentially this new “Cookie Law” requests webmasters have the above statement plastered over their website to alert users that they utilise cookies on their website. If not, then they’re criminals and their websites aren’t actually legal – plain and simple. Ouch!

Nearly all websites use cookies, which are an extremely common technology for remembering anything about a visitor between webpages. Cookies are commonly used for logging in, sharing socially, commenting on pages, analytics and more. It’s an incredibly useful technology that we at Debadge Design use for the greater good.

We have, reluctantly, now complied with these new EU regulations by adding a discrete pop-up message on our website asking for a user’s consent for us to use cookies (admittedly, not quite as scary as the statement written above). This is something we are not happy about though – it will both cause annoyance to our visitors and adversely affect our website statistics. New rules have dictated implied consent for website cookies, therefore, we no longer require the permission of the user to use cookies. Hooray!

Does your website currently comply with the new cookie regulations? If not, please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to assist you in your website compliance.

A petition is now in force trying to object this new law, and if you agree with our views, we strongly recommend you sign the petition for yourself: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-eu-s-legal-war-on-web-cookies

You can read more about the new cookie law here: http://nocookielaw.com