- as European e-Privacy directive comes into force -
London, UK (25 May): Specialist business insurer Hiscox is warning UK businesses that the uncertainty around the enforcement of the European e-Privacy directive, which is due to become law on 25 May, should not stop businesses developing a clear policy on cookie use.
Alan Thomas, head of technology & media at Hiscox, commented: “There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the enforcement of the new European e-Privacy directive but the message to companies using cookies is clear: don’t allow a half-baked approach to cookie consent expose your company to prosecution.
The ICO (www.ico.gov.uk (external link)) has issued guidelines on its website to help support businesses including:
- Audit your website to establish the type of cookie and technology it uses
- Understand how the website’s cookies work and how intrusive they are for users
- Decide how visitors will be asked for consent on the site.
Hiscox’s Alan Thomas continued: “In time it may be that browser based consent, where users simply permit their browser at the outset to download cookies for whatever site they are on, might remove the need for individual sites to seek user consent. However, the situation is unclear and we are working to understand what the new rules will mean in practice for businesses from a risk and insurance perspective.”
For further information:
|Johanna Boland||T: 020 74486494
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Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting parts of the Group - Hiscox London Market, Hiscox UK and Europe and Hiscox International. Hiscox London Market underwrites internationally traded business in the London Market - generally large or complex business which needs to be shared with other insurers or needs the international licences of Lloyd's. Hiscox UK and Hiscox Europe offer a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as high net worth individuals. Hiscox International includes operations in Bermuda, Guernsey and USA. Hiscox Insurance Company Limited, Hiscox Underwriting Limited, Hiscox Europe Underwriting Limited and Hiscox Syndicates Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
For further information, visit www.hiscox.com.
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