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Cookie Law

Cookie Law Red Tape

UK Cookie Law

So more 'Red Tape' you require according to the EU Directorate, now whilst we all accept the need for 'Red Tape', useful and a little less would be welcome.

Before opting out of cookie use on our site please take time out to read on.

Cookies collect no personal or identifiable information on or about our visitors.
We can not use them to find out who you are, what porn sites you visited last night or what you had for breakfast.

Cookie LawsThe EU Directive required that the new cookie laws be implemented into the laws of all EU Member States by 25th May 2011. The UK was one of only three member states to meet this deadline, with the UK issuing a threat of up to a £5000,000 fine for non-compliance. Good old Blighty!

The cost of implementing this law in the UK alone is estimated to be somewhere in the region of £10,000,000,000 (that's ten billion). I for one, cannot think of a better way of spending this huge amount of money in these times of recession, housing shortages, unemployment etc etc. Can you?

One problem websites are wrestling with is the UK's implementation of the EU ruling with an 'opt-in' approach.

The opt-in system only works if you use a website like a book - you start at page one, where you are presented with the choice of excepting cookies or not and then proceed through the book. With a website, we don't know what page you will arrive at so the cookie choice has to be shown on every page.

If the Information Commissioner's Office insists on enforcement of this opt-in system there is a catch-22 problem, where if people choose not to accept cookies, then sites will have to keep asking you if they want to accept cookies – because web sites will not be able to set a cookie to save your preference – a "nightmare scenario" where the user is plagued with endless popup windows on every page asking for their permission on cookie use!

Whilst technically illegal in the UK (at least we are honest!) we have taken the route of other EU countries which have implemented an opt-out law, having cookies turned on when you arrive at the website so we can set a cookie and save your preferences to stop the above problem while we wait for a change in the law by the ICO to sort this problem out.

In the meantime, eleven months after it became law, the 10 Downing Street site hasn't implemented it, nor the NHS or my local MP, and my MEP who voted it in doesn't even have the mandatory 'Privacy Policy' let alone a 'Cookies Policy'!

The European Commission in Brussels web site hasn't bothered with it either.


The Government on cutting red tape
The Home Office site tasked with reducing red tape (see video) doesn't even mention the word 'cookies' on their Privacy Policy page, which they are required to do under the old laws of 2002, let alone this latest red tape wheeze - what a farce.

A spokesmen for the government told the BBC "The majority of department websites will not be compliant with the legislation by that (enforcement) date." - no surprises there then.

 

In fact at the time of writing the only Government department which follows this new EU red tape directive is the department that is tasked with implementing it, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

The ICO has implemented it (with the aforementioned pop-up nightmare on every page) that states:

Cookie Laws'The ICO would like to place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better', in other words without cookies their web site does not work too well. Since when, they have also seen a 90% drop in visitors allowing cookies. As one use of cookies is to measure visitors experience, identify and fix any issues that arise, keeping track of popular pages, which method of linking between pages is most effective and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages etc. the ICO web team have no idea if their site is performing well or if any one can actually find the pages they were looking for - government efficiency at it best then.

Having forced this latest EU red tape on us, when asked about it in an interview the ICO's spokesman Mr Evans said "It may be that the great British public simply isn't that concerned about cookies." - I wouldn't bet against that, our statistics show only people since 26th May 2012 out of to date have visited this page - These counters do not use cookies, they collect data by using Javascript!

Another spokesman for the ICO said he "could not guarantee that website practices that are deemed compliant with new consent requirements to cookies in one EU country would also be found to comply with laws in the other EU member states. " - The law states you must comply in every country you web site is aimed at, so if all members states could have different versions of this law it would great, we get to write 27 different version of our website in case some bloke in Belgium visits our site!
Joined up thinking, I like it.


Our legal requirements under the UK version of the EU Directive is covered here.

First we are required to explain cookies, the types of cookies and their use on our site - hope you have got your anorak on.

UK Cookie Law
Helping to improve your internet browsing !
Cookies are small text files that websites save to your computer. As we said the cookies used by 3D Cases website don't contain any of your personal information, and we can't use them to find out who you are. We can gain information on how visitors use our site, how many pages are viewed, how long was spent on the site etc. We also use them to remember your preferences. For example while viewing a page you open a menu, we then set a cookie maybe called 'menu' with say the number '5' in it. When you move to the next page it reads this cookie and presents number '5' menu, the one you were previously viewing to save you re-selecting it again.

There are two types of cookie you will encounter when using www.3D-Case.co.uk
First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to improve your experience on our website.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed by other companies to help us understand usage and to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

Our Cookie Audit

We must also, by law explain what each of our cookies do. obviously you need this information before you can make an informed decision, yeah right, I'm sure you have plenty of time to do this before you look at the original web page you came to view.

    Advertising Cookies

    The main cookie that caused this law to be implemented, cookies used to place 3rd party adverts on a website. These cookies store information on your shopping habit. In a simple form if you click on an advert for cars when you go to the next page or even another site further car adverts would be presented to you.

     

    3D Cases Ltd do not use 3rd party adverts or this type of cookie.

    However, here are a couple of HM Government adverts for later reading - one publishing the Red Tape and the other trying to reduce the Red Tape - you couldn't make it if you tried.

    The Official Home of UK Legislation Cut Red Tape

    Functionality Cookies

    We use these cookies to allow us to improve you viewing on our site.
    They either retain a setting so it is available on the next page viewed without you having to re-enter the details or they remember that you have seen something you don't need or want to see again.

     

    Provider Cookie Name Purpose More Info
    3D Cases meerkat Allows pop-up to show only once (Cookie Law)  
    3D Cases menuheaders Retains navigation menu settings visitor is viewing  
    3D Cases skbMetricSeen Allows pop-up to show only once (SKB Metric Rack)  
    Google googtrans Retains language visitor has requested Google Privacy Policy
    AddToAny AddToAny Allows share buttons for social networking AddToAny Privacy Policy

    For more information on cookies the government suggests you read this site:
    AboutCookies.org A free plug for Pinsent Masons who are immersed in the Government's policy agenda.

    Performance Cookies

    These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website, and to see how visitors move around our site. This helps us to improve your website experience and the services we provide. No personal information is collected about you or about your computer.

     

    Provider Cookie Name Purpose More Info
    Google __utma Site analytics - Not exactly phone tapping. Google Privacy Policy
    Google __utmb Site analytics - Not exactly phone tapping. Google Privacy Policy
    Google __utmc Site analytics - Not exactly phone tapping. Google Privacy Policy
    Google __utmz Site analytics - Not exactly phone tapping. Google Privacy Policy

    For more information on cookies the government suggests you read this site:
    AboutCookies.org A free plug for Pinsent Masons who are immersed in the Government's policy agenda.

    Essential Cookies

    An exception to these laws exists where the cookie is "strictly necessary" for the provision of a service "explicitly requested" by the user – so cookies can take a user from a product page to a checkout without the need for consent, for example. By shopping on line you automatically give your consent to the use of this type of cookie but they would needed to be listed in this cookie audit.


    3D Cases does not use any 'Essential Cookies'

     

    Here at 3D we prefer to talk and engage with our customers to ensure what they are buying is correct for their needs and also to offer any advice they may require.

How to enable and disable our cookies using your browser

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings.
Please be aware that restricting cookies will impact on the functionality of our website.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

  • Click on the ‘wrench’ icon on the browser (usually found top-right corner) to open the tools menu
  • From the tools menu select ‘Options’
  • Click the ‘Under the Hood’ tab from the menu on the left.
  • In the ‘Privacy’ section, select the ‘Content settings’ button
  • To enable cookies: select ‘Allow local data to be set’ option
  • To disable cookies: select ‘Block all cookies’ option
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet Options'
  • In the options window navigate to the 'Privacy' tab
  • To enable cookies: Set the slider to ‘Medium’ or below
  • To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on 'Tools' at the browser menu and select ‘Options’
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • To enable cookies: Check ‘Accept cookies for sites’
  • To disable cookies: Uncheck at ‘Accept cookies for sites’ 
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla:
    http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies

Opera

Opera

  • Click on 'Setting’ at the browser menu and select 'Settings'
  • Select ‘Quick Preferences’
  • To enable cookies: check “Enable Cookies”
  • To disable cookies: uncheck “Enable Cookies”
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Opera. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Opera, refer to the following page from Opera Software:
    http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

Safari on OSX

Safari on OSX

  • Click on 'Safari'  at the menu bar and select the 'Preferences' option
  • Click on 'Security'
  • To enable cookies: In the 'Accept cookies' section select 'Only from site you navigate to'
  • To disable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Never’
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Safari, refer to the following page from Apple: 
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/9277.html

 

 

 

 

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