The EU (European Union) introduced an EU Cookie Directive in 2011.
The EU Cookie directive is quite in-depth.
In summary, the EU Cookie Directive requires websites owned in the EU, or targeting visitors in the EU, must give visitors the right to block cookies, and to explain to website visitors what cookies are used by that website.
Each EU member state has an "enforcing" institution which is set the task of enforcing the EU Cookie Directive within its own borders.
Within the UK the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is tasked with the enforcement of the EU Cookie Directive within the United Kingdom.
The UK ICO has produced this 30 page EU Cookie Directive guidance document
It is outside the scope of this article to explain all the legalities and technicalities of the EU Cookies Directive except for a very simple summary:.
The acceptance of cookies can be Explicit or Implied.
When the acceptance (or not) is Explicit - you explicitly say Yes, or No, to the acceptance of cookies. Whatever you say - how does a website "remember" your answer ? By a Cookie - so as a Website developer you might find yourself in a no-win situation.
Then there is Implied. By continuing to visit a website your visitor is implying that they are ok with Cookies - providing the visitor knows cookies are used.
The UK ICO has determined that Implied consent is acceptable.
While other EU member states enforcing administrations may require "Explicit" consent
You may (should have) noticed a bar pop up at the bottom of the page that looks like the following image
The Web357 Cookie notification Bar is fully customisable - custom CSS can be used, colours and wording can be customised to suit you - so what you see here is as it has been customised by usingjoomla.com.
Colours for example can be set to suit the theme, look and feel of your own joomla website.
A blue bar, in our case, with writing on it - the wording can be changed to suit your needs / requirements / wishes:
Followed by two buttons: "OK I understand" and "More Info".
Clicking "OK I Understand" will cause the notification bar to stop appearing again until you clear your browser cookies. "More Info" - this will take you to our (or, for you: your) Privacy and Cookies Policy. The link can be set to open a "modal" window, a new window, or on the same window/tab that your website visitor is on.
So, why do we say so much about this ?
If you are required to comply with the EU Cookie directive, whether Explicit Consent or Implied Consent is required, you may like to visit the Cookie Notification Bar (for Joomla!) developer who has produced a highly configurable solution to the EU Cookie Directive.
Extensions found on the Joomla!® Extension Directory total over 8000 extensions.
Out of those extensions web357 Cookie Notification Bar plugin is in the top 400 of those extensions based on user ratings.
Great job from this brilliant developer.
The following features are available:
|Option to block cookies until visitor clicks "accept"||Yes|
|Position - Top or Bottom||Yes|
|Duration of message appearance in seconds||Yes|
|Animate duration - in milliseconds - default is 2000||Yes|
|Limit the number of times the notification bar will appear if button is not clicked||Yes|
|Message - the message that is given in the bar is customisable||Yes|
|Font colour - you can choose / set the color of text font||Yes|
|Link colour - you can choose / set the colour of the link text||Yes|
|Background colour - you can set this according to your template colours if you wish||Yes|
|Custom css - you can enter your own cookie bar css within the plugin settings page||Yes|
|Include or exclude from specific pages||Yes|
|Choose yes or no to load jQuery||Yes|
|Select yes or no to show bar in iFrame||Yes|
|"More info" button can link to any URL you enter in "More info link" setting box||Yes|