IFC Compels All UK Businesses to Follow Updated Tracking Cookie Rules

Recently, the Information Commissioner's Office warned that the UK "must try harder" to follow the latest laws governing the usage of websites and information storage files known as cookies.

Internet regulators recently published a set of guidelines to help companies comply with the new tracking cookies rules. Organisations in UK have one year to implement these new rules which were enforced in May as a response to the requirements made by the European Union.

"The guidance we've issued today (PDF) builds on the advice we've already set out, and now includes specific practical examples of what compliance might look like," said Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, as reported by The Inquirer.

The reason for the warnings comes after a revision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations which went into effect on May 26, 2011. The regulations point out that organisations and other businesses with websites in the UK have to have prior consent from visitors to store cookies on their computers.

These cookies, once placed on a computer, enable the tracking of Internet movements to check consumer's browsing habits and other information.