From May 26nd 2012 a new privacy law came into effect across the EU. The law requires that websites ask visitors for consent to use most web cookies.
The vast majority of small websites don’t do this of course, but they do track visitors to their website, e.g. via a tool like Google Analytics, and they use social media plugins like Facebook Like buttons. As we will see, this law appears to outlaw all of this entirely.
Most EU websites will need to change, or break the law.
The location of your hosting is irrelevant, but the location of your organisation is not. Your organisation must fall within the legal jurisdiction of the EU. Each member state has their own laws, which are based on the same EU directive, but may differ slightly.
For most small/medium organisations, being located in the EU will mean you must comply.
An example is shown on the Anglesey Computer Solutions site.
This site uses a script to ask people about using cookies. If you have a small business website on Anglesey and need advice about cookies contact us.