The EU "Cookie Law" and me, and you
So you may have noticed the stonking big alert box on your latest visit to my site. I must apologise to all my visitors. You are going to be seeing a lot more of these popping up all over the web soon. This exists to ensure I am complying with the new EU "Cookie Directive".
I am no longer using cookies on this site. Read more here.
The new EU directive says that I must inform visitors to my site that I am using cookies and ask permission before I set any.
What are Cookies?
Why are Cookies Bad?
Cookies are not evil per-se. There are some businesses that rely on cookie use in a different way. These tend to be third-party advertising cookies. They are set on your machine and track the sites you are visiting. If you tend to visit a lot of fishing sites, then the data collected by the cookie can be used to alter the advertising. It may tailor it to items you are more likely to buy, like fishing supplies. The EU see this as an invasion of privacy and this is the main type of behaviour they wish to prevent.
Unfortunately the law is poorly worded and implemented to prevent useful cookies that do no harm and help to make visiting some websites a smoother experience.
It is possible to easily prevent third-party cookies from being set on your machine and you can find instructions on how to do that by following this link.
If you would like more information about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/