- The law is the law and that is final, irrespective of our views on the intelligence of its drafting.
Very true but as we well know (from previous laws) it is the way that the ICO interpret them that will be important. viewtopic.php?p=2512493#p2512493 viewtopic.php?p=2541734#p2541734
Looking at their help/info screens it seams clear that they themselves can not control the cookies initially put on the visiting computer. They also say in one of their documents that the Browser cookie settings are consent for certain cookies. But Browsers/users ability is not sufficient to accept as consent for cookies that collect personal information. IMHO the ICO do seem to be saying (all be it in a round about way) that with cookies which do not collect personal details then a clear description of the cookies is enough. And that they are more concerned with cookies that collect personal details viewtopic.php?p=2541939#p2541939
.....Joomla! is a wonderful tool that has allowed a somewhat technical layman such as myself to create some sophisticated looking websites without having to spend great amounts of time or money getting to grips with the nitty gritty.In order to maintain a strong reputation, it seems that it would be a smart move for the Joomla! team find a way to enable compliance by website owners (such as I) who themselves lack the requisite technical knowledge to do so.I recognise that this means that I am asking others to do heavy lifting for me. I am genuinely contrite about this.
Echo that and I wish I knew enough to develop something that could stop/start coockis at the click of a switch.
.....That said, it is clear that even governmental websites are struggling to come to terms with compliance (the ICO's present technique looks like a major sticking plaster), and so this can be an opportunity for Joomla! to EARN A MAJOR FEATHER IN ITS CAP (sorry for shouting...).I do feel that it is well worth keeping focussed on the issue, which is that compliance in full is the only goal. I have spoken to website owners whose businesses are professionally regulated (financial, legal and so forth), and they are concerned that their regulatory bodies may take a stiff view of anything other than total compliance, over and above what the ICO may do to enforce.
Yes, that is a good point must admit that I had totally missed that because I use Joomla as a hobby. Perhaps you could copy the approach of the ICO ?
We have recently become aware of this cookie. We are working with the supplier of our content management system to remove it or, if it can’t be removed, to find another solution.http://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/privacy_statement.aspx
For controlling display of cookies dependant on
Perhaps some sort of if statement in the Template (like the if else for collapsible columns) ?
Put all the modules(that create cookies) in one position
At the moment with my site I can settle for placing the Statcounter module as Registered. But clearly that is not sufficient for commercial sites.
Is there any way to promote the visitor to a level (without registering) that would then activate those modules ?