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Cookie Law

The European Parliament has voted for a regulation of Cookies as part of their adoption of the Cybercrime treaty. Under the regulation, it would be illegal to "use Cookies, Spyware, web bugs and other hidden identifiers ... to store information or trace the activities of the user".

There is currently some dispute amongst computer professionals as to what this will mean in practice; it seems that under the proposals, undated cookies (those that die when you close your browser, and are not stored to your disc) are still acceptable, but persistent cookies are not. It's not clear whether persistent cookie may legally be sent from a server in a country outside Europe (e.g. the USA) to a browser in Europe, or whether browser authors should supply European versions that don't allow cookies. It does seem that persistant cookies ARE allowed on a web site provided that the web site itself asks the user whether he/she accepts them.

Until these matters are resolved, we've modified the standard libraries that we use in our contact work to operate correctly on both hidden fields and cookies (persistant or otherwise). In that way, our client's sites can rapidly be modified to conform to any new laws. We've always had a policy of writing code that's easily transferred between servers, so if a site has to be moved "offshore" that will be straightforward too.

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