The cookie law
The cookie law is a piece of European privacy legislation that requires websites to get approval from visitors to store information from their web visits. This law was instated in May 2011 to protect online privacy. By making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not. For more information about what cookies are and the cookie law visit Cookiepedia.
Cookie law Australia
In Australia we have the The Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) to regulate the handling of personal information. For now the APPs have no impact on how cookies are handled and dealt with, unless the cookies obtained from users contain personally identifiable information where:
- the APP entity collects the personal information from someone other than the individual; or
- the individual may not be aware that the APP entity has collected the personal information.
How RMS can help
We are well aware that currently a cookie message on your website is not necessary to comply with the APPs. Though if your website is being used globally, including in Europe, you might want to consider having a cookie message on your website. RMS can help with that. We provide cookie message implementations and help you develop a messages suited for your corporate website’s needs. Feel free to shoot me an email if you’d like to learn more.