Does the EU Cookie Law matter?
In May 2012, the EU Cookie Law came into effect. If you’ve not seen it in action then the website you’re visiting may not be in compliance. Broadly stated, the law (the e-Privacy Directive) says site owners have to get visitors informed consent before placing a cookie on their machine. This is all part of the EU’s privacy directive. The question is, does it matter. I’m starting to think – ‘no.’
Here is a current snapshot from diginomica that provides us with some detail on visitor activity as it relates to first time visitors:
As you can see, the most active number of ‘opters in’ come from the UK. I was shocked to find Germany so relatively low down the list, given it is said to be so concerned about privacy and data collection. The French, often seen as sticklers for privacy, especially when it comes to the shenanigans of its politicians, is almost bottom of the pile in percentage terms.
So this is anecdotal but if it is an indication of what users are actually doing then it begs the question: who cares?
Over to you:
Your poll is not compliant. If I choose not to be tracked - it should be possible for me to vote twice - because you could not collect any data that would re-identify me for a second vote.
I hate to tell you this - but you poll is not compliant.
I used your 'no' button - so that data should not be collected. However the poll managed to stop me from voting twice - how did it do that without capturing and storing any data despite my choice?
@TheCookieCrunch OK - so...I don't know how you arrived at the site and whether in the past you have opted out of allowing us to collect information.
The purpose of a poll is solely to get a feel for what people think about a topic upon which they choose to vote. We specifically do NOT allow multiple voting because that would render the poll meaningless. Regardless - you always have the option to NOT vote and so maintain your anonymity.
We should perhaps consider the wording of the opt in/out display to reflect the fact that IF you choose to enter a poll value then we will collect an IP address. But that's all we collect. In many cases, that allows the voter the opportunity to remain totally anonymous.
Also note that in other parts of the site - for example the email sign up, we are explicitly collecting data but the nature of the data collected is explicit.
@TheCookieCrunch See above. We use settings to ensure the poll values are representative of normal voting behavior and to discourage poll stuffing.