Britain has introduced a new “cookie law” under which users in the UK can roam online anywhere on the internet and they won’t be tracked by any site. However, the law does sound good on paper and per say, but it is not exactly what it seems to be. As if with any law, which is either too difficult to wrap one’s mind around or has loopholes, this new “cookie law” has confusion and misinformation both.
Under the law, it is illegal for websites to track its visitors, especially for the site based in the UK. The websites will now have to inform users that cookies are in operation on their site and they can choose not to avail the option. The experts are calling it the Lawbreaking Internet. According to Digital Trends, despite a year been gone by for this law being into application, websites still have not complied with it saying that they were unaware of the duty. But now that the news is out there, the sites who won’t comply will be fined up to £500,000 or some $781,750 by British Information Commissioners Office.
The difficulty with the application of such laws also comes about because a lot of the internet users do not understand or are not aware of what is in place and what is not. Sometimes, even the websites owners do not keep themselves up to date with the changes both in technologies and the new laws that come with them. This also arises the question of how to bring the awareness about rights and responsibilities of the internet users. The UK has not been known for internet censorship, but there are laws in place to track down cybercriminals.
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