What this effectively means is that every single IPB site who have visitors from the EU are now in breach of the new cookie directive from tomorrow unless they take action to remedy it. Having been lead to believe upgrading to 3.3.2 would be all the action that was required, it's a serious problem.
When you look at what many of the major UK based websites have done, they're taking the new law seriously, and I'm shocked that IPB have decided neither to take any action or offer any guidance to their customers on what they need to do, particularly when taken in context with what Matt said in late April:
It technically doesn't matter where you are in the world. The EU would like for you to offer EU visitors the opt in/opt out/info regardless of where you are hosted.
I agree that it's all really dumb but as a software vendor we have a responsibly to ensure our software complies with these things.
I've done a lot of research into this and there are many exemptions where you don't have to ask for opt in permission and that's when the cookie is used in such a way that makes it vital to the application.
However, here's what I've done for IP.Board
Guests only get served a session cookie which is essential for the application and contains no identifiable information unless they decide to change themes or languages, etc. This means there isn't a need for pop-ups, overlays, banners, swooshing nag panels or any other of the head slappingly stupid suggestions the ICO offer.
My hope is that either the EU forces browsers to implement something or the whole thing is discarded as unworkable.