You may have recently noticed a banner tick box appearing on the various websites you visit, and are wondering why, this is due to a new EU privacy law which came into force in May.
The new regulation, known as the EU Cookie Law, has been enforced across all EU member states and is aimed at improving website users’ privacy. The new legal requirements state that websites must clearly explain their usage of website cookies to their users, and that websites need to obtain user consent before using cookies.
What is a cookie?
A website ‘cookie’ is a tiny text file which a website creates on a user’s PC, desktop or smartphone through their web browser. Cookies are essential for the operation of websites, and are used by nearly all websites on the internet. Some of the typical website functions where cookies are required include:
- recalling your personal preferences within the website
- tracking the items you have placed within an online shopping basket
- proving the ability to stay logged in
- to allow the website operators to monitor and improve the performance of the website.
The Information Commission’s Office (ICO), the agency responsible for enforcing the law in the UK, has the power to publicly fine UK companies up to £500,000 for breaching privacy laws.
To comply with the new laws Capita’s software services have provide a privacy statement explaining:
- the collection of personal information
- our website cookies usage
Read Capita’s software services privacy statement.
For further information about cookies, including how to disable cookies in your web browser visit: