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Joomla EU Cookie Directive plugin, in response to introduction of new UK privacy laws relating to the use of cookies.

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This plugin:
- Informs the users the the site uses cookies
- Asks for their consent
- Remembers their answer
- Links to your privacy policy page, to which you should add what cookies are used and why
- Doesn't conflict with JQuery
- Is mobile optimized
- Has fully editable text and color options

This extension DOES NOT prevent the setting of any cookies or interfere with the workings of the website.

It does have some configurable options, including link to your cookie policy page, color, text, poisition, shape, and button colour.


Easy to use


Posted on 26 November 2013

I tried the free version first which is very short for me, but this is perfect. Easy to download and deploy anywhere. In 2 minutes you are running. Allows you to modify text, colors, size ... Delivers what it promises.


I've used this plugin on a handful of sites and have been very pleased with it. It's a simple plugin that does exactly what it says. Very easy to install and implement. With the latest implementation I needed some help and the support was excellent - quick response and told me exactly what I needed.


This plugin looks fine but, as mentioned in description, does not block cookies from being set before user agrees.



For that this plugin does not satisfy need that EU Cookie Directive enforce!



It is not a solution, it is "visual" workaround (for site visitor a deception). If caught by authority this kind of misleading act could even be punished harder.

Owner's reply: It is important to review the documentation from the ICO who are responsible for implementing the cookie regulations in the UK, or the body responsible for implementing it in your own EU member country.
Here is some of the ICO documentation:

http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies
and
http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/~/media/documents/library/Privacy_and_electronic/Practical_application/cookies_guidance_v3.ashx

There are a number of provisions that show that our approach to the cookie plug-in is correct, and offers a sensible approach to Cookie compliance.

Firstly note the ICO's (Information Commissioner) advice that "The watchdog stressed that sites that have taken some steps to reach compliance were unlikely to face any action." So you would be far worse off doing nothing, than making a sensible effort like implementing a cookie plug-in.

Next look at the ICO's own web site. Their own cookie banner text reads: "We have placed cookies on your computer to help make this website better. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue." If the ICO sees fit to set a cookie prior to gaining consent, you can believe that it will be OK for you to take the same approach.

Next look at the FOI (Freedom of Information) request (linked from our page on the plug-in); where the ICO explicitly says on 12th October 2012 "as yet no formal action has been taken against any website at this time". Yet they received 485 referrals, and say that "We wrote to 71 separate websites in May 2012 to ask about the steps they had taken in order to ensure their websites were compliant with the cookie rules". Again you can be fairly safe to assume that if you have not had a letter from the ICO, you are not at risk of prosecution.

Look at a few other major web sites that have implemented cookie banners:
John Lewis - on a tiny banner right at the foot of the page:
"Our website uses cookies so that you can place orders and we can provide a better service. Continue to use the site as normal if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies."

The UK Government (Has already set 18 cookies when you visit its home page: https://www.gov.uk/). Their cookie banner reads: "GOV.UK uses cookies to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies"
The football association: http://www.thefa.com/ Says: "A functional cookie (which expires when you close your browser) has already been placed on your machine. More details"
The Law Society: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/ (11 cookies set, no warning, but a very small "Cookies" link to a separate page, meaning they are relying on "Implied Consent"

In all cases the only way that cookies are actually blocked, is that you are advised to either leave the web site, or use your browser settings to block the setting of cookies.
None of these sites have actually blocked the cookies prior to gaining consent.

Note all these also that all these web sites have given NO warning whatsoever about cookies being set:
German Government: http://www.bund.de/ (2 cookies, no warning)
French Government: http://www.gouvernement.fr/ (8 cookies, no warning)
Polish Government official tourist site: http://en.poland.gov.pl/ (11 cookies, no warning)
Italian Government: http://www.governo.it/ (2 cookies, no warning)
Dutch Government: http://www.government.nl/ (1 session cookies, no warning)
Official EU site: http://europa.eu/ (1 session cookie, no warning) If you browse 3 pages, 8 cookies have been set, but there is still no warning.


We have always taken the view that the pragmatic approach is best for web site owners, and that it is better not to ruin either the functionality of your web site, the user experience, or the ability to gather your important analytics data.

There have been since the very start of the cookie law a small group of developers that doggedly believed that all cookies had to be blocked up until consent had been explicitly given. I think that the sites and quotes above amply demonstrate that these developers are wrong, and that it is quite acceptable to set a cookie in the normal way, inform your users properly, and advise them of measures that they can take if they do want to block cookies.
We are with the ICO, the UK Government, the Italian, German, French, Dutch, Polish and EU governments, and apparently the lawyers too.

If we ever hear from a credible source that it is necessary to block all cookies before explicit consent is given then we will re-engineer our cookie plug-in in order to make that happen.
In the mean time if you have any concern about how the EU cookie legislation will be applied in your own EU country then you should consult a locally qualified IP lawyer: there is no need to rely on misinformation and hearsay.
If your legal people confirm that a special solution is required for your country, we will be happy to work with you to develop a new cookie solution which meets your specific local legal requirements.

Brilliant Plugin


Posted on 01 January 2013

Started by testing with the Lite plugin and had absolutely no problems at all. Can't fault the paid version either. Will definitely be using this on websites in the future!


This is a great PLUGIN and works perfectly every time.



thanks


Great support


Posted on 26 October 2012

Purchased this component, installation simple (on j2.5). Needed a bit of support as it wasn't displaying quite right (nothing to do with the plugin, we hadn't closed off some code). Also needed a tweak so the plugin displayed at the bottom of the page. Channel came back to me with in a couple of hours and sorted both issues. Very pleased, thank you

EU Cookie Directive Lite

EU Cookie Directive Lite

Free | Cookie Control | Channel Digital
2.5 3
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Joomla EU Cookie Directive plugin, in response to introduction of new UK/EU privacy laws relating to the use of cookies on web sites. This plugin: - Informs the users the the site uses cookies - Asks for their consent - Remembers their answer - Links to your privacy policy page, to which you should add what cookies are used and why - Doesn't conflict with JQuery - Is mobile optimized This extension DOES NOT prevent the setting of any cookies or interfere with the workings of the website
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EU Cookie Directive Pro

Version:
1.0.9
Developer:
Channel Digital
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Paid download
Uses updater:
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Compatibility:
2.5 3
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