Friday, August 3, 2012

Cookies in the UK (or should that be "biscuits"?)

I haven't tracked down whether Parliament decreed this, though it seems likely, but a number of UK sites I've visited in the past couple of months show you a brief popup or other announcement to the effect that they use cookies (small files that your browser stores on your disk and hands back to the site on later visits so the site can tell it's you).  The announcement is typically a couple of simple sentences with a link for further information.  For example:
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.  Find out more here.
The linked page details in clear, precise language what cookies are and what the site uses them for.  It explains how to set your browser to disable cookies for the site, with the understanding that you might not have as nice an experience since the site won't be able to remember who you are.  Once you dismiss the announcement you don't see it again, because -- of course -- it has set a cookie and knows not to come back (unless you disabled cookies or later clear the cookie).

Wow.  They Got It Right.  Well done!

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