Get to Grips with EU Cookie Law

News release

24th September 2012

Businesses in Lincoln baffled by Internet cookie law can learn more about it thanks to a free seminar next month.

The eBiz byte seminar, Demystifying the EU Cookie Law, is being delivered by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and is funded by Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire broadband project.

The term ‘cookies’ refers to a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while on the Internet. European laws that define what details sites can record came into force on 26th May, with regulations saying websites must get “informed consent” from users before they record any detailed information in the cookies they store on visitors' computers.

The eBiz seminar will look at exactly how the law has changed, what it applies to, exemptions, compliance requirements and practical advice on what you should do next.

The seminar will be led by Senior Associate Solicitor Julian Turner from one of the country’s leading regional law firms, Geldards, and Tricia Durrant from the national creative web agency Senior. It will take place at 8.30am on Wednesday 3rd October at The Showroom on Tritton Road, Lincoln.

Charlotte Baxter from the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Over the past few months, all of us will have seen that little message pop up on most websites calling attention to the fact that the site uses cookies. But many of us might not really know what that means or how it affects us.

“This seminar is aimed at website owners who need to understand this new legislation and in particular those who already make use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information. By the end of the seminar, people will be able to understand more about the legal ins and outs of cookies.

“Don’t worry if you haven’t got any technical knowledge either – that’s what the seminar is there for!”

Only businesses based in Lincolnshire are eligible to attend the event. The event has been sponsored by The Enterprise Europe Network www.een-midlands.org.uk.
The Chamber is involved in delivering the event as part of the Broadband Means Business campaign, which it is spearheading on behalf of the council along with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. It is hoped the seminar can go some way towards increasing peoples’ understanding of the Internet and encourage more businesses to register with the onlincolnshire.org website.

All the sign-ups will eventually be used to demonstrate to commercial suppliers that there is an appetite for superfast broadband in the county.

The initiative is part of Lincolnshire County Council’s Lincolnshire Broadband Plan, which aims to bring next-generation broadband (a minimum of 24Mbps) to 90% of county premises and a guarantee of at least 2Mbps by 2015.

The seminar will run from 8.30am until 11.30am. Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis and must be booked in advance. To make a booking either email Charlotte.Baxter@lincs-chamber.co.uk or call 01522 846293.

Ends

Notes to editors:

•    The Broadband Means Business Campaign is being spearheaded by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors.  It will run between July and November this year.
•    UK firms have had 12 months to prepare for the changes in cookie law
•    Businesses can add their names to an online register calling for better services at www.onlincolnshire.org.  Those without access to the Internet can still add their voice by calling Lincolnshire County Council’s Customer Service Department on 01522 782066 and giving their details.

Cerri Delaney
Shooting Star PR
01522 528540
cerri@shootingstar-pr.co.uk
www.shootingstar-pr.co.uk
t: @CerriDelaney

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Businesses which haven't yet got to grips with new EU cookie laws for Internet browsing can learn more thanks to a free seminar next month.
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This seminar is aimed at website owners who need to understand this new legislation and in particular those who already make use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information.
Charlotte Baxter from the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce