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In May 2011, a new law was brought in which requires all businesses to ask their users to consent to the use of cookies. As of June 2012, it became a legal requirement to do this.

If you don’t ask users to consent to tracking their activity on your website, you’re breaking EU law. The Information Commissioner’s Office will soon be asking the public to report websites which don’t comply.

Thankfully there are a number of WordPress plugins that make the Cookie Law much easier to handle. We’re using one simply called EU Cookie Law which works flawlessly and takes a couple of minutes to set up.

You’ve probably already notice the black bar appear on the page. Click Accept and the bar disappears. You do have to make it re-appear after a certain amount of time, but it’s possible to set this to a very high number (e.g. 12 months) which should be plenty for most WordPress sites.

Read more: EU Cookie Law plugin for WordPress


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Claire Broadley

Technical writer, blogger, and editor at Red Robot Media
Claire Broadley is CEO at Red Robot Media and Lead Editor at Digital.com. She is a professional tech blogger writing for a range of publications on online privacy, consumer technology, and small business services.
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