Some tin foil hat wearing European bureaucrats got together and formulated a totally pointless law for websites hosted and servicing users within the European Union. This law is supposedly to enforce privacy and data protection with guidelines that stipulate I must inform users that cookies are not being used to gather data unnecessarily.
Whats a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time.
Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Depending on what functionality you make use of on the site, some additional cookies may be created, but they are exempt from complying with the regulations. These cookies include;
user‑input cookies (session-id) such as first‑party cookies to keep track of the user’s input when filling online forms, shopping carts, etc., for the duration of a session or persistent cookies limited to a few hours in some cases
authentication cookies, to identify the user once he has logged in, for the duration of a session
user‑centric security cookies, used to detect authentication abuses, for a limited persistent duration
multimedia content player cookies, used to store technical data to play back video or audio content, for the duration of a session
load‑balancing cookies, for the duration of session
user‑interface customisation cookies such as language or font preferences, for the duration of a session (or slightly longer)
third‑party social plug‑in content‑sharing cookies, for logged‑in members of a social network.
Check out my post on how to get back your privacy online, which will provide more information and easy implementable solutions