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  • John Blackbourn


    WordPress Core Developer

    The “informed consent” popup window method is very intrusive.

    It’s worth noting that the majority of major UK websites (eg. BBC, Guardian, Telegraph) that have so far implemented the cookie notice have opted for the “implied consent” method, which is far less intrusive than the “informed consent” method which typically involves a popup box like your plugin provides.

    I’m unclear whether the “implied consent” method strictly complies with the law, but it certainly complies with the ICO’s recommendations, and if major news organisations such as the BBC are doing it then you can be pretty sure that you’re safe doing it too.

    To that end, it would be nice if this plugin provided the option to display a top banner on the site with the implied consent message instead of the popup box. I’d hate to start seeing too many of these popups appearing while i’m browsing the web.

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  • Plugin Author Dourou


    Hi John,

    If you are looking for a plugin that displays a banner at the top, the Eu cookie directive plugin does just that.

    I came up with this ‘take it all or leave it’ approach at the time when the law strictly required explicit consent from the user. I noticed that expecting users to turn on cookies to be able to use processes such as online registrations or checkouts was just not working. As a rule of thumb, a website that requires users to think in order to function is a bad website 🙂

    The law has now changed to an ‘implied consent’. That might just mean adding a line to the header or footer of your website with a link to a cookie section of your privacy policy that details the cookies in use on your website, state that by their using the website you assume consent of the users and that explains that cookies can be turned off in the browser… which doesn’t really require a plugin!

    Need some thinking time before I do anything as updating a plugin takes time. Will keep you updated!

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