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Most blogging providers will now have plug-ins to support this legislation, figure 1 illustrates a sample of those available for WordPress. Strategic Planet uses “Cookie Confirm” by Fish Can’t Whistle.
For those unfamiliar with cookies they are small files, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. These cookies are sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
The full regulations can be found on The Information Commissioner’s Office website. :
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