Share

Charities contacted by ICO about cookie law

Charities contacted by ICO about cookie law
News

Charities contacted by ICO about cookie law

IT | Kirsty Weakley | 8 Jun 2012

RSPB and the National Trust have been contacted by the Information Commissioner’s Office asking them how they have adapted their websites to comply with the new cookie laws.

The two charities were among 75 organisations that the ICO wrote to last week, shortly after the 26 May deadline for compliance with the new regulation came into force.

In the letter to the organisations the ICO states that its aim is to, “gather information to assist the commissioner in understanding how organisations are working towards or have achieved compliance with the revised rules for cookies”.

So far the National Trust has updated its cookie policy and provided links for users to change their browser settings.

Ahead of the deadline Diane Gore, RSPB supporter relations told civilsociety.co.uk that: “'We have had regular briefings from the ICO, also other relevant authorities and we are following the practice that they recommend. One element of that recommendation is to review good practice elsewhere, giving charities the opportunity to take into account the measures adopted by the commercial sector, which has far greater resources available.”

A range of organisations were contacted by the ICO, based on popularity with the general public, giving them 28 days to inform the Commissioner of their progress. Other organisations on the list include the Cabinet Office, BBC, Facebook, Lloyds TSB, Met Office and Weightwatchers.

The ICO said it expects that organisations are now compliant with the law, but if they are not should explain why not and provide a time-scale for compliance. Organisations that are not compliant face a fine of up to £500,000.

On 28 and 29 May KPMG carried out an analysis of 55 UK websites and concluded that 80 per cent were not compliant with the letter of the law, but that 40 per cent had updated their privacy policies to provide more details. In April it carried out a similar analysis which found that 95 per cent were not compliant.

Stephen Bonner, partner in the information protection and business resilience team at KPMG said that although there was progress, “what we have also seen is a great deal of confusion around what is actually required to comply with the law. Therefore, many organisations take a wait-and-see approach at this stage. Some also seem to assume that the measures they have taken so far are sufficient – but they are not.”

Last month charities expressed concerns about the impact of the new regulations, which require websites to get consent from users before placing a cookie on their device. 

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive which, among other stipulations, requires organisations to allow users to opt-out of cookie-use on a website was introduced by the UK government on 26 May 2011, with organisations being given a one-year grace period before any enforcement of the law would begin. The ICO has also launched an online tool for the public to report websites. 

 

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Golden Lane Housing: Social investment can be 'absolutely the right thing' to do

24 Oct 2014

The director of Golden Lane Housing, the issuer of the first charity bond to be listed on the London Stock...

BeatBullying's technology CIC has not filed accounts with Companies House

22 Oct 2014

A software community interest company set up by the BeatBullying Group in 2012 is almost a year late filing...

Charity Commission to get £9m funding boost and new powers to tackle tax avoidance and terrorism

22 Oct 2014

The Charity Commission will receive £9m of extra funding over the next three years, as well as new powers...

Age UK spends £1.8m in latest round of redundancies

21 Oct 2014

Age UK spent £1.81m on 120 redundancies in 2014, on top of £1.17m last year, as part of a review of...

Stand Up To Cancer raises over £14.5m

21 Oct 2014

This weekend's Stand Up To Cancer event has raised over £14.5m so far, and that figure is continuing...

Charities 'must continue to fight for the right to influence policy'

20 Oct 2014

Civil society organisations must not give up the fight to influence policy and governments, the international...

Demonstrate effectiveness or risk losing public trust, charities told

24 Oct 2014

Charities must demonstrate their effectiveness better to the public or face losing trust, David McCullough,...

Volunteers no longer happy to 'do what they are told', says report

24 Oct 2014

Volunteers now expect more from their experience and charities must do more to recruit and retain them,...

Relationship between government and charity 'has lost its way', says Nandy

23 Oct 2014

There needs to be a rebalancing of the relationship between the voluntary sector and government, shadow...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CivilSocietyIT