Our lawyer friend Neil Howlett at Harris & Harris asked for clarification from the ICO of the stats of the International Chamber of Commerce Guidance. This is what he asked and this is what the ICO said in response. If you can identify an answer to the questions do let us know.
13 June 2012.
Dear Mr Howlett,
Thank you for your emailed correspondence to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), dated 24 April 2012, regarding the new rules on cookies under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR).
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you. Our office is currently dealing with large volumes of work. This has meant that we have been unable to deal with incoming correspondence as promptly as we would like.
Your enquiry is as follows:
“Please would you clarify the position of the ICO on the ICC Guidance.
Is this endorsed by the ICO ?
Will compliance with the ICC Guidance be accepted as compliance with the ICO requirements ?
If not what does the ICO require in addition ?”
I can confirm that the ICO has welcomed the launch of the ICC UK Cookie Guide. Further details of the ICO’s view on the Guide are available using the following link:
Since your enquiry, we have issued new guidance on compliance with the cookies rules, available using the following link:
I trust this response has been helpful.
If you require any further assistance, please contact me at: Casework@ico.gsi.gov.uk.
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Case Officer – First Contact Group
Information Commissioner’s Office
Is it any wonder their “office is currently dealing with large volumes of work”?