The new cookie consent law in the EU was passed earlier this week. A quick summary of the law follows:
[A Web site cannot set or access cookies unless the user] has given his or her consent, having been provided with clear and comprehensive information.”
What this means is that Web sites in Europe have to start asking their users before they set cookies. They also have to explain what the cookies are used for, and—if I am understanding the law right—what information, exactly, the cookie contains.
Disclosure: I am not a lawyer, and this isn’t legal advice. My interpretation of the law is a bit utopian and may not be correct. Feel free to add a comment to correct me.
This also means developers will have think before setting cookies. Every Web site you go to bombards you with unnecessary and most often unwanted cookies. Imagine that situation changing when developers would have to think first!