The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has written to 80 Irish website operators requesting information on how they are complying with new “cookie” legislation introduced in July 2011.
The new legislation places an obligation on website operators to provide information to users about the types of cookies used on their websites and to seek consent for the use of such cookies. Cookies are small files that store information on an internet user’s hard drive. They have various uses, such as allowing websites to recognise returning visitors or helping users navigate websites efficiently.
The letter marks one of the first steps taken by the ODPC to ensure compliance by Irish website operators with the new regime.