Website cookies complaints

The Information Commissioner's Office has published a report on the complaints it has received from members of the public relating to website cookies. The ICO has written to 174 organisations between May and December 2012, and it is currently considering 14 organisations for further investigation. Going forward, the ICO reiterates that it will take a practical and proportionate approach to enforcing the rules on cookies. However, if an organisation refuses to take steps to comply, or has been involved in a particularly privacy-intrusive use of cookies without telling individuals or obtaining consent, it will consider using its formal regulatory powers, including the right to issue monetary penalty notices.