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EU Directive on Cookies
In May 2011, EU privacy legislation came into effect requiring websites to seek informed consent before storing or retrieving any information on a web-accessing device. Websites in the UK are expected to comply with this law by 25 May 2012.
The law is intended to protect the user’s privacy, preventing unauthorised use of tools such as tracking cookies, used in targeted advertising. The vast majority of cookies will be affected by the legislation (for example, third party services such as Google Analytics and social media tools will require user consent to function).
Only cookies that are ‘strictly necessary for a service requested by a user’ are excluded. Cookies used to remember what has been placed in a shopping basket, for example, could be considered as ‘strictly necessary’, as the user implicitly expects selected items to be remembered at the point of checkout. The law applies to all EU-registered companies, regardless of where their website may be hosted. The body in charge of enforcing the UK law is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): www.ico.gov.uk
www.figo.org is complying with the EU Directive on Cookies and has developed an opt-in cookie module which will provide a way for users to consent to receiving third party cookies.
More information is below.
Types of cookies relating to www.figo.org
FIRST PARTY COOKIES
The following first party cookies are currently being placed by www.figo.org These cookies can be set without asking for users’ consent.
Cookie Name SESS …
What does it do? This is a session cookie, used to track logged-in status. The cookie name is usually suffixed with a random ID. Eg. SESS1234abc
Cookie Name SERVERID
What does it do? Load balancer cookie. If a site uses multiple servers, this cookie helps distribute tasks.
Cookie Name has_js
THIRD PARTY COOKIES (FIGO MAY NEED TO SEEK USER ACCEPTANCE)
The following third party cookies are currently being placed by www.figo.org Action may be required in order to continue placing these cookies on users’ machines.
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What does it do? This is a Google Analytics cookie. It’s used to track user activity on the site. The cookie domain is actually www.figo.org, but as the code that sets it is from google.com, it’s a third party cookie. This contains anonymous information on links, buttons clicked on the site, what pages have been visited and for how long.
THIRD PARTY AND BROWSER-SET COOKIES (FIGO NOT LIABLE TO SEEK USER ACCEPTANCE)
The following third party cookies are currently being placed by services that www.figo.org integrates with. Because a different service is placing these cookies, it is not FIGO’s responsibility to seek acceptance for them.
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What does it do? Paypal sets a variety of cookies with dynamic cookie names to allow payments to be made (Paypal is used for donations).
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