When was the last time your firm broke the law?
Given the professional nature of the accountancy community, it may surprise you that many firms are unknowingly breaking the law 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The EU ePrivacy Law Is Here to Stay
There has been much talk too about what to do about the new EU ePrivacy law. So here is a quick bullet list of what you need to know:
- It is here to stay… even if the interpretation of it has been somewhat watered down, it’s not going away
- The deadline for this law has now passed (26th May 2012) and it is an EU-wide law that all firms need to comply with
- All the main online websites and brands in the UK have now placed functionality on their websites to comply with this law
- The law is open to interpretation but it now seems that most have settled for ‘implied consent’ where all visitors are informed by a visible message and have full disclosure in their website legal policies
- Whilst the Information Commissioners Office is not likely to fine or go after every business which doesn’t comply, any business who does nothing is vulnerable to being reported and investigated by the ICO
- It does not need to be intrusive to the website visitor and, installed correctly, will not affect the user experience
In time, it is our view that it is likely to become as accepted and normal as the opt-in tick boxes which appear on online and offline registration forms – which is why we took the step of making sure our website is compliant. There is very little reason not to be!
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