As you know we use Statcounter to track visitors to your website. When someone visits your website a “Cookie” is placed in their computer, assuming they haven’t got cookies turned off in their browser.
A “Cookie” is a small piece of text that allows Statcounter to collect information relating to the way that the visitor navigates the site. It does NOT search and transmit personal information. Almost every website in the world has at least one cookie and the basic version which is deposited by the websites that we build collects only this statistical information.
There are other cookies that store your preferences, others than store your shopping cart until you checkout and others, which is where this Directive was originally aimed, that stores information about your shopping habits so that you can be “targeted” according to your likes and purchases on future visits.
The silly thing is that if someone declines you need to place a cookie on their computer so that when they return, if you don’t they’ll get asked every time they visit the site.
The internet as we know it could not function without cookies. David Naylor has created an interesting (and worrying) example of the possible consequences of this Directive here.
Statcounter have responded here.
Further information on the Data Protection Act can be found on this blog at http://www.mh-p.info/?cat=14
Otherwise we await developments………..