Personally, I am of the opinion it's the likes of Google and the other big boys that actually track you across multiple web sites when using Analytic's, Social Plugins or whatever that need to play ball. Just because you choose to have a Facebook Likey button on your pages doesn't mean they have the right to track your visitors browsing habits. As I have said previously, these are the guys that need to set-up a section on their websites that allow you to opt out of all Google Ad/Analytical (..) tracking, and as a result, your wishes should be then applied to millions of other websites.
In addition, who is going to enforce this on the old, dead, web sites that are no longer maintained? The web is full of them!
I am interested in watching how many people flout this law, it will be just one of these laws people break as routine, however wrong that may be.
Last edited by InterwebsGuy; 15th May 2012 at 02:57 PM.
Gatt (15th May 2012)
I think this is going to be a problem with Wordpress itself.. as these addons apply after its loaded a heck of a lot of stuff first...
Well I've gone back to the original plugin for now as I got the impression it blocked more
Cookie Control is effective, but it works on scripting. You can't just install it and expect to do nothing more - it must be scripted. For example, I have it set to only allow Google Analytics cookies when the user has accepted, otherwise they're not set. If you 'Remove Consent' another script deletes the Analytics cookies. This is on our landing page only (which acts as a hub). It is written into our policies that the hub is the only site that doesn't set cookies automatically - if you stop Joomla, Wordpress and Moodle doing this you can break all logons (frontend at least).
I've configured Cookie Control with my GA info and disabled the GA plugin as advised.
The trouble is I suspect Wordpress sets a load of Cookies before the Cookie Control one is loaded, and I suspect WordPress may need to do a bit of code bashing so that plugins such as Cookie Control get loaded first, or they implement their own version within Wordpress itself.
Urrghg, the alternative is a php based landing page with a simple "Click I agree to continue", which sets a cookie. If this cookie isn't present, users are redirected to the landing page from any other page (such as by altering your Joomla header before session cookies are set). That would be utterly horrendous though.
There are so many caveats to implementing this requirement it's mad. It's clearly something that has been dreamt up without much technical insight.
Just looking at our moodle, the only cookies are the standard session and moodleid. Is it sufficient to put a sort of disclaimer on the site explaining what the cookies do?
InterwebsGuy (17th May 2012)
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