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The new UK regime for Cookies: a guide for website owners and their suppliers

25 November 2016

From 26 May 2011, the UK has introduced revised rules which will require website owners to rethink how they obtain the consent of their users to cookies.

From 26 May 2011, the UK has introduced revised rules which will require website owners to rethink how they obtain the consent of their users to cookies. In particular, the rules have been changed to remove the previous rule that users were given a right to refuse the use of cookies.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), which is in charge of enforcement, has announced a 12 month grace period (the Grace Period) during which the new rules will not be enforced, but website owners must take appropriate steps now to be fully compliant by May 2012.

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