Assist compliance with UK cookie law/EU cookie directive by listing the cookies your website uses using the [cookies] shortcode. depends on oik.
Also known as the EU e-Privacy Directive the "UK Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation" becomes effective in the UK on 26th May 2012. That's the date when the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is due to begin enforcing the new rules.
Steps to take:
This plugin helps with step 2.
Here's a simple list.
For more information see cookie-cat or read the ICC UK Cookie guide
You need to activate both the oik plugin and the cookie-cat plugin. And check the syntax of the shortcode.
The list of cookies that this plugin recognises may never be a complete list of all known cookies. If your website delivers cookies that are not recognised then the cookie category, description and duration will be shown as "unknown". This is not really acceptable as the guidelines state that you're suppposed to explain "how they are used on the websites they visit".
There are several ways to address this problem.
The [cookies] shortcode queries information from an XML file that contains the known information about a cookie. If you think it's wrong then you can do one or more of the following:
From version 1.1 the XML file can be loaded directly from the cookie-cat website. Use oik options > cookie cat and follow the instructions in the Installation section Note that using the Load XML function passes the names of currently active cookies to the cookie-cat server. By using the function you authorize cookie-cat to the information that is passed.
This comes from a website called cookie-cat. The XML file delivered with the plugin is generated from the data held in the website. Every so often it is regenerated, producing information about the known cookies used by known plugins. Whenever the plugin is updated then a new version of this file will be delivered.
The main reason is probably because the XML file doesn't yet have a mapping between a plugin and a group of cookies. Try using [cookies browser=Y]; you may get some "unknown" cookies listed. If so, see above.
The cookiecert.com website reports the cookies it comes across when visiting your site. The list seems to include cookies that its spider has accessed by following links such as PayPal buttons.
Yes. Use [cookies browser=Y]
[cookies browser="N|Y - show browser cookies" cookies="|cookie1,cookie2 - Optional list of cookie names." plugins="|plugin1,plugin2 - Optional list of plugin names. Defaults to ALL active plugins" temp="N|Y - Use the temporary cc_mapping XML file"]
If you are in the UK you should see the ICC UK Cookie Guide
Also have a look at the links on the cookie-cat website.