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Like many website development companies we've been spending time recently developing solutions that will enable our customers to comply with the new UK directive on obtaining consent for cookie usage.

The recent 11th hour announcement by the ICO that we wrote about recently (dare we use the word 'U-turn'?) does seem to relax the requirements for website owners but does not make them vanish entirely. Since we were working on this issue for a long time, for our own website we've tried to comply with the earlier stricter interpretation of the directive. That's why the first time you visit our website you'll see a pop up window asking for your explicit consent to the use of cookies. Many thanks to Scottish IT company Civic UK who developed an Open Source package (based on our favourite Javascript library jQuery) that pops up a window asking for consent!

Our understanding of the new ICO announcement is that such a pop up window is not necessary provided that the website owner gives full, correct and detailed information about what the website actually does with cookies, but we still like to be able to offer the user full explicit control of their cookie usage. So, we made sure the pop up window inter-operated with eZ Publish's native functionality (such as logging in) and social media sharing buttons (such as the Google Plus and Facebook 'Like' buttons) to ensure that consent really means consent. That is, if you don't consent to cookies, our website won't use them. At the time of writing this, we've been saddened to see some websites out there that display reassuring popup windows like ours and yet go ahead and use cookies regardless of whether consent is given or not. At EAB we are not so interested in 'creating an impression' that you are in control of your cookie usage, we're trying our best to make it a reality.

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 On Thursday 24th May, 48 hours before the deadline for implementing the New EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) changed their guidelines on the EU legislation regarding cookies for UK business.

We would like to reassure all our clients that we are assessing the situation and will shortly be in touch to offer a free Cookies audit with recommendations. Our hope is to be able to support you to achieve compliance with the absolute minimum of cost or effort.

We apologise for any consternation that clients may be experiencing about Cookies, but this is an unprecedented situation in the industry. Our aim is to give you only the very best advice - based on a balanced assessment of the ICO's final decision.

Speaking to the BBC, Dave Evans, group manager of the ICO has given this assurance:

"What we want is good compliance, not rushed compliance. If it's focused people's minds, that's a good thing."

Further information from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18194235

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