This section outlines how you can comply with the EU Cookie Law.

What does the law say?

From May 2011 a new privacy law came into effect across the EU. The law requires that websites ask visitors for consent to use most web cookies.

Nearly all websites use cookies, which are an extremely common technology for remembering anything about a visitor between webpages. Cookies are commonly used for login, remembering preferences, tracking visitors and more.

The law provides some exceptions for “strictly necessary” cookies, but there is considerable disagreement over what this means. Cookie Consent is based upon the simplest compliance approach that has become common across the Internet since 2011.

Will Cookie Consent make me compliant with the law?

If you install Cookie Consent, you will be informing your users that your website is using cookies. This is the same approach that Google, Twitter and more have taken towards compliance: continue to use cookies, but tell users that they’re being used (often called ‘implied opt in’).

Whilst we can’t guarantee that our plugin will constitute total compliance for everyone in the EU, this approach does appear to have satisfied regulators for the time being. If you’re confused by the law and its vague requirements, you’re in good company.

Do I need to do anything else?

Simply telling users that your site uses cookies is the absolute bare minimum. Cookie Consent allows you to link to a cookie or privacy policy, if you have one. To comply with the law, we strongly recommend that you prepare a brief policy and link to it. Here’s our privacy policy, as an example.