Friday, 27 May 2011

Cookie cutting

As from today websites need to get your "informed consent" before storing cookies on your computer.

This stems from yet another EC Directive (read the nerdy details here) and, in the immediate future at least, will make no difference to the way most of us experience the web.  Website owners however need to start fiddling, perhaps making use of this PDF guidance.

Cookies are pieces of data which websites use for many purposes, some "good" such as allowing you to build a shopping basket before completing a purchase, some "bad" such as those allowing marketeers to track your web usage.

This shows a selection of websites local to Kingsley together with a summary of their cookie usage split between cookies lasting only for the session and those with a longer, in some cases permanent, lifespan.

WebsiteSessionBeyond
This blog1none
Kingsley Centrenonenone
Sports clubnonenone
Tennis Centre24
5 Churchfields B&B1none
Spring Cottage B&Bnonenone
The Cricketers1none
EHDC24
HCC3none
Damian Hinds MPnonenone
Vicus Scurra25
Dean Farm Golfnonenone
Oakhanger.org.uk13
Holybourne.comnonenone
The Binsted Pagesnonenone
Worldham.org14
Lindford PCnonenone
Country Marketnonenone
easthampshire.org13
Neville Fine Artnonenone
Kingsley Cricket Club3none

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