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UK Government Sites Won’t Meet Cookie Deadline

The cookie deadline is looming, and it appears that the UK government hasn't got its own house in order in time.

The EU e-Privacy Directive, which comes into play at the end of next week, introduces tighter controls on privacy and tracking cookies. Said cookies will need to get the surfer's consent to store data on the user, rather than just assuming they can store what they want.

However, according to a BBC report, rather embarrassingly for the coalition, the majority of government websites won't comply with the regulations come the deadline of May 26th.

The government won't be alone in not having cookie consent measures in place, but that's hardly an excuse - it should be leading by example.

A Cabinet Office spokesman told the BBC: "As in the private sector, where it is estimated that very few websites will be compliant by the 26th May, so it is true of the government estate. The majority of department websites will not be compliant with the legislation by that date."

The Information Commissioner's Office, which is policing the affair, has already said that action won't be taken against non-complying sites, post-deadline. Albeit with the proviso that they must show a "commitment" to making the changes.

The cookie deadline has already been pushed back by the ICO - it should have come into force a year ago. Doubtless, it'll be quite some time before the majority of websites are dealing with tracking cookies in compliance with the EU e-Privacy Directive.

And those who have spent money and deployed resources to meet the deadline are probably a bit miffed.

Source: BBC