Political parties and cabinet break their own cookie rules
Thursday 07 June 2012
The websites of at least three of the parties which backed controversial legislation on the use of computer files known as cookies are breaking the new law, the Parool reports.
Since Tuesday it has been illegal for websites to install cookies on visitors' computers unless they have expressly given permission.
Even the cabinet's website rijksoverheid.nl breaks the law. Its privacy statement states that users have to take action themselves to stop cookies being placed.
The Netherlands passed the legislation, which goes further than EU rules, last year but the start date of June 5 caught website owners by surprise.
Ironically, the most efficient way for websites to register whether or not visitors accept cookies is through a cookie itself, the advertisers association DDMA says.