Not, unfortunately, the ones you keep in a jar, but the ones that live on a website!
These sort of cookies are small files implanted on the hard disks of visitors to a website (often without them being aware), which collect information, for example by analysing browsing habits, or remembering payment details online.
While cookies may not be able to identify an individual, they may be able to, in combination with other information held. So, new laws require businesses to obtain consent to store or retrieve information from users’ computers or mobile devices.
There is only one exception. The business will not need to get consent if it is “strictly necessary” for a service requested by the user. For example, a business would not need consent for a cookie to ensure when a user of its website has chosen the goods they want to buy, and clicks the “add to basket”, the site “remembers” what they chose on a previous page.
Other than that, if your business has a website, you must provide information about cookies and obtain consent before a cookie is set for the first time.
Robert Enticott, partner and Head of business services and commercial propertyGeorge Ide