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EU Cookie law: Get compliant with this WordPress plugin

EU Cookie Law WordPress Plugin

If you have read my recent posts about the EU Cookie Law (Be clear about your cookies, new EU law demands it and More on the EU Cookie law, updates and resources) then you should be worrying about how to be compliant. For WordPress users there is a cheap solution that takes minutes to set up.

The EU Cookie Law WP plugin prevents your site from loading until the person clicks the link to say they are aware that you use cookies. When clicked the site loads as usual and all your usual plugins kick in and do their stuff. This is done via a lightbox opt-in that then disappears so it no longer hinders the user experience of your site.

If the user doesn’t want to allow cookies from your site they are redirected to the Information Commissioners Office web page about the cookie law or another page of your choice.

This is not a perfect solution however as the law stands right now it is the best one available . Unless of course you want to face a £500,000 fine!

Click to visit the EU Cookie Law WordPress plug site and download it now, currently only £10.

About the author, Bob Toovey - I have been active on the Internet since 1998, a blogger/writer since 2006 and started dabbling with programming when I got my first Sinclair ZX81. I love to blog about social media, marketing and food. You can find me on Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter

7 Responses to 'EU Cookie law: Get compliant with this WordPress plugin'

  1. John says:

    Before purchasing, would like to know if this plugin detects the IP. Obviously I don’t want it to show up for non EU/UK IP’s.

  2. Bob Toovey says:

    As far as I see it, if you are trading in the EU then your website is required to comply. It’s not based on where your visitors come from but where the business actually is. I hope this clears things up for you John.

  3. John says:

    Thanks for the clarification Bob. As with any law things are vague. One more question.. what is the website is hosted on US based servers? Would that qualify for skipping this process or am I correct in assuming that if the owner is based in Europe then irrespective of where the domain is hosted, it has to comply?
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  4. Bob Toovey says:

    The law applies to a company if they are in the EU. If the company has a website then they must comply to the new EU cookie law. As far as I see it, hosting does not come in to it.

    As you said, things are fuzzy and vague. We won’t really know how it’s going to be interpreted until some one is taken to court…

  5. Wolf Software says:

    We have created a complete suite of solutions in order to allow people and businesses to gain compliance if they really want to do so.

    http://demos.dev.wolf-software.com

  6. Richard Lane says:

    I’m struggling to find a plugin that will make WordPress compliant. The CookieCert plugin used on this site certainly doesn’t – I appeared on this page and got 18 cookies dropped without before I’ve given permission.

    Asking permission after dropping the cookies isn’t compliant, as I’m sure you realise, but this seems to be what most of the plugins do.

    I don’t think most businesses with WordPress powered sites would consider it acceptable to be thrown off the site if the user doesn’t want to accept cookies just to view a single page. This is a bit like throwing the teddy out of the pram.
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  7. Bob Toovey says:

    Thanks for the comment Richard and for the info on the amount of cookies written before permission is given.

    I do plan a future post summarising the plugins that are available. I am aware of a few already but if you know of any then please let me know.

    One last thought though, if WordPress is difficult to make compliant, what about all the other frameworks or sites that are totally bespoke? Was a year’s grace enough or is the task of compliance too complicated to do?