View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cybersecurity
October 1, 2012updated 12 Jul 2017 9:14am

UK ICO to take action against companies violating new cookie laws

Infringement of new law could lead to a fine of about £500,000

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to start taking action against those companies who fail to comply with new regulations on collecting data from online customers.

The Financial Times, citing a report by KMPG, said around 65% of UK websites are still not notifying their customers before installing tracking cookies. The report said the move could force the firms to pay a fine of about £500,000.

According to the report, firms including Tesco, Sainsburys, the Daily Mail and government departments including the Department for Work and Pensions, have not modified their websites since the new laws were introduced four months ago.

KPMGs information protection practice partner Stephen Bonner said there is still a wait and see approach among companies.

“Given the time that has already been given to companies to comply, it is going to be very difficult for businesses explain why they have done nothing at all,” Bonner said.

The ICO had received about 486 complaints regarding non-compliance and had increased its work force by 60% to 37 to examine violations, it said.

Since May 2012, firms have beeb required to obtain users’ permission before using cookies. The ICO had also delayed enforcement of the rules for a year, to give firms time to adjust to the new rules.

Content from our partners
Green for go: Transforming trade in the UK
Manufacturers are switching to personalised customer experience amid fierce competition
How many ends in end-to-end service orchestration?

Many online retailers have been unwilling to implement the new law as they fear that pop-up boxes with warnings would put customers off using their website.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU