1 February 2013

The ICO website has changed the way in which it sets cookies and the way in which it informs and seeks consent from its users. The website now sets cookies on arrival and relies upon implied consent.

First time users are now greeted by a bottom-of-screen banner that informs a user that cookies have been placed and links to a new page containing a list of cookies used by the ICO and a large opt-out button. Although the banner has a separate “do not display this message again” link, the banner currently does not reappear following the first visit to the home page.

The ICO explained that it had changed its approach because “many more people are aware of cookies – both because of what we’ve been doing, and other websites taking their own steps to comply. We now consider it’s appropriate for us to rely on a responsible implementation of implied consent, as indeed have many other websites.”

The ICO’s blog on its changes can be found here.

The ICO’s new cookies page can be found here.