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Are you also tired of those pop-ups on websites about accepting cookies, while they don't offer you coffee with it ?

What is a cookie

Wikipedia - A cookie is a baked or cooked food that is small, flat and sweet. It usually contains flour, sugar and some type of oil or fat. It may include other ingredients such as raisins, oats, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Wikipedia - An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). They can also be used to remember arbitrary pieces of information that the user previously entered into form fields such as names, addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers.

Are cookies good or bad for you, that is the question.

The EU adopted a directive in May 2011 - The Directive gave individuals rights to refuse the use of cookies that reduce their online privacy. Each country then updated its own laws to comply.

The Cookie Law Explained

The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.

Almost all websites use cookies - little data files - to store information in peoples' web browsers. Some websites contain hundreds of them.
There are other technologies, like Flash and HTML5 Local Storage that do similar things, and these are also covered by the legislation, but as cookies are the most common technology in use, it has become known as the Cookie Law.

What does it mean in South Africa

What is the law regarding data privacy or data protection in South Africa? Does South Africa have a Data Protection Act? In terms of South African law, the right to privacy is protected in terms of the common law and section 14 of the Constitution of South Africa 1996. In both instances, the right to privacy is limited, and to prove an infringement will most probably be fairly difficult. There is also established case law on:

    • bodily privacy,
    • the privacy of communications, and
    • territorial privacy.

The Protection of Personal Information Act (called the POPI Act or POPIA) brings an end to the uncertainty regarding the law on the use and processing of personal information. POPIA is essentially the South African Data Protection Bill or Data Protection Act. But it is important to remember that it is not yet in effect – we are waiting for the Information Regulator to announce a commencement date.

Like getting your website compliant to SSL security a year ago, now is the time to get yourself compliant for what is coming on "The Cookie Law".

Our clients will receive an email in the next week......


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What Does All This Mean For Website Owners?

It means if you've not converted your website over to HTTPS, starting in October 2017 incognito visitors are going to receive a warning every time they visit your website.

GlobalWebIndex estimates that 46% of international website users use private (incognito) windows for browsing, so you can expect roughly half your audience will see the warning.

Non-incognito visitors will receive a warning only if they interact with one of your forms. If you use a non-HTTPS order, contact us, subscribe, unsubscribe, download, and/or any other type of form on your website, expect visitors to soon see this warning.............................................

Our client's SSL certificates are R350-00 per domain per year (including sub and addon domains).

Read the full article HERE