How To Comply With The EU Cookie Law

howtocomplywiththeeucookielawThe EU Cookie Law requires sites to obtain consent of visitors to store information – or  “cookies” in their browsers.

How To Comply With The EU Cookie Law

The idea behind this is to protect the online privacy of consumers by informing them about this practice of using cookies and give them the choice as to whether to accept it or now.

Practically all websites nowadays use cookies. These are very small data files which are used to store information in web browsers when you visit a site.

All websites which either operate in the EU or which are targeted at EU member state citizens are required to comply with this law.

What The EU Cookie Law Means For Your Website

If you operate a website, you have to ensure it complies with this law. If your site does not comply, then you can risk a fine from the national regulator of the EU country in which your site operates or is targeted.

So basically you need to provide a message to all the visitors to your website which tells them when they arrive on your site that your site uses cookies and makes sure you get their consent to this.

This means modifying the program code of your website which can be a messy and complicated task if you’re not a programmer.

Fortunately there’s a better and much easier way to do this.

You can install a WordPress plugin which adds this functionality to your website in the form of a pop-up box which contains the message about the use of cookies on your site, and asks your visitors to click on an OK or Accept button to confirm that they have seen the message and accept the use of cookies.

The plugin that I use for my sites is called EU Cookie Law and it’s available for free use and download from WordPress.org.

I’ve made a short video to explain how to install the EU Cookie Law Plugin and how to configure it for your site. Here it is:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MhRrIsuW_Y&feature=youtu.be

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