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  1. Zoee
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi All, I have just put a website live for a client and they need to ensure they comply with the new cookies law that will be coming in to play later this year.

    We have some cookies appearing from google.co.uk and I am trying to figure out what is causing these - could it be SEO by yoast?

    I have nothing else google related on the site (analytics and webmaster tools have been removed) but the client is reporting these cookies:

    .google.co.uk NID 165 days
    .google.co.uk PREF 712 days
    .google.co.uk PP_TOS_ACK 55 days
    .google.co.uk NID 165 days
    .google.co.uk PREF 712 days
    .google.co.uk PP_TOS_ACK 55 days

    Alternatively does anyone know if they could be caused by a Google toolbar or something on the persons browser?

    Cheers,

    Zoe

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

  2. Ben
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Zoe. Small Internet!

    The cookies you're seeing here are pretty much standard tracking cookies initialised by using Google Analytics on sites and aren't unique to Joost's plugin.

    In my research on the topic of the cookie law, it's rather vague when it comes to legal requirements on cookies for the sole purpose of analytical data, the fact remains that Google is a third party, so you're going along the right lines by looking for a solution for users to opt-in.

    I'm not sure if browser toolbars can set and/or change cookie content because I've not looked into these a great deal. If any toolbars do this, then its not covered by the new legislation (at least for you as a website developer), as its the responsibility of the toolbar developers to disclose the numbers of and types of cookies the browser extension will create. But as I say, I'm not entirely sure if toolbars can do this, so don't quote me on it.

  3. Zoee
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Ben, it was Google Webmaster Tools causing the cookies, I had deliberately not installed Analytics because of the cookies it uses - I had no idea Webmaster Tools used them too.

    It's very vague, it will be interesting to see what is within the law when they actually start to action on it. In the meantime if you want to comply all you can do is follow the example of the regulatory body: http://www.ico.gov.uk/

    The client in question is going to liaise with them directly as its important they lead by example too!

    Cheers :)

    Zoe

  4. Ben
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi again Zoe,

    We already have a solution in place for compliance. Obviously if the client requests not using any cookies at all (apart from session cookies, of course) then you don't have much option.

    The problem is that - should users not accept cookies for the site - that statistics are going to drop off. A recent study showed that 90% (see: http://www.lynchpin.com/blog/new-cookie-law ) of traffic won't be tracked because of compliance to the legislation, but I'm of the opinion that any kind of statistics for the client is better than none for charting the successes (or failures) of the website.

    Anyway, best of luck getting it sorted for them.

    Ben

  5. Zoee
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is your solution to ask people to accept the cookies?

    Thanks for sharing the article - very interesting!

  6. Ben
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Basically, you have three options:

    1. Strip out anything that writes cookies to visitors' computers
    2. Allow the visitors to opt-in to use cookies; so informed consent
    3. Ignore the legislation and hope you don't get hammered

    I'm not going to advocate the latter, but the first two options are perfectly legitimate solutions to the issue.

    Obviously, I won't go into too much detail on what our solution is, as you're one of our competitors, but you should have enough information here to help you find something for your clients.

  7. Zoee
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ha, thanks Ben!

    I'm aware of the obvious top three, think its time to do a bit more research!

    Cheers

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