An Increasing Regulatory Focus on Cookies: Time to Review Your Compliance?

The Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) have both recently published revised guidance (here and here) on the use of cookies, in light of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).   This clearly indicates an increasing regulatory focus on cookies compliance by operators of websites and is a warning sign that enforcement action in this area is likely, not least as the ICO has said this is a ‘regulatory priority’ for it and we understand the DPC is also looking closely at this area.  As such, it appears a good time to take stock of the current legal position and suggest some practical tips for further compliance.

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