As of yesterday, 26th May 2012, EU based companies are required to have information on their websites explaining the cookies that they use. The ICO wrote a big document. People read it. Much, much confusion has ensued.

The ICO posted some further guidance on Friday which may have cleared things up a bit. I’ve spent some time having a look around various EU based sites to see what they’ve done. Below are some examples. They’re not necessarily right or wrong, but it’s interesting to see how people are interpreting the legislation.

The ICO

Screenshot ICO - Cookie Policy

The BBC

Screenshot BBC - Cookie Policy

Always a good example to follow as they’ve got lots of legal behind them. Hopefully their friendly message will prevent the majority of users panicking if they see this message elsewhere.

Marks & Spencer

Screenshot Marks & Spencer- Cookie Policy

Debenhams

Screenshot Debenhams - Cookie Policy

Get Surrey

Screenshot Get Surrey - Cookie Policy

Natwest

Screenshot Natwest - Cookie Policy

HSBC

Screenshot HSBC - Cookie Policy

John Lewis

Screenshot John Lewis - Cookie Policy

Tesco

Screenshot Tesco - Cookie Policy

Sainsburys

Screenshot Sainsbury's - Cookie Policy

Waitrose

Screenshot Waitrose - Cookie Policy

Apple

Screenshot Apple - Cookie Policy

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