The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's device and are designed to hold data specific to a particular client and website. This data can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer.
The cookie law is designed to protect online privacy, by ensuring that consumers are aware of how this data about them is collected and can be used online. The law gives users a choice to allow the use of their information or not.
If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this means making the right legal changes.
Failure to comply to this law means that risk enforcement action will be taken from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners' Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine for your business.