Interesting topic. The people who are simply stating this law is an ass, well you're right, but the ICO are now enforcing laws to generate an income and justify their existence like other departments, maybe not yet with this cookie law but they will in the future. For now the fear of possibly being named and shamed will be enough for many, responsibility by web designers to do the right thing for their clients will be another, and whether we all think it's a good idea or not, we still have to comply with this daft law.
Someone posted earlier about wanting to do the right thing for a charity website and I have the same issue, whether I think this law is over the top or not. Countless radio, tv and industry discussions over the last twelve months have not made it any easier.
For info, the ICO just send out their latest newsletter that contained this update:
An interview with David Evans, Strategic Liaison Group Manager at the ICO, discussing our work in this area, including our future approach to enforcement, is available on the ICO website.
The ICO expects all UK websites, by now, to be working towards compliance with the new EU regulations. The regulations will apply to organisations across Europe and the ICO has been working hard to help organisations in the UK comply with them.
The changes mean UK websites must ask visitors for their consent before placing a cookie on their device. This will involve providing visitors with sufficient information to make a decision about whether they are happy for a cookie to be placed.
A reporting tool is also available on our website, which allows individuals to easily report websites they believe are not compliant with the new law, or particular cookies that they are concerned about. This information will be used to inform future guidance and enforcement action."
I usually find the BBC are usually a good act to follow as they have expensive lawyers who will have studied and worked this out, and will have developed best practice solutions. Their implied choice model seems to be the way to go.
I just put a support ticket in able this situation and it would seem that IPS have not completely written off support for assisting us to comply just yet.