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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: BBC Cookies Reply with quote

Be aware that the law has now changed with regard to cookies, and the BBC now wishes to be seen to be doing the right thing in making you aware of your rights in this respect.

See the BBC website is currently running a banner across the top of its gateway pages.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the title, Colin, I thought this was going to be an amusing anecdote about Chunky Choccy Hob-Nobs and that well-known BBC nightshift pastime of reverse swivel-chair racing while eating as many biscuits as you can….. <sigh>… sometimes, life isn’t as exciting as it should be.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: BBC Cookies Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:


See the BBC website is currently running a banner across the top of its gateway pages.


Wot banner?!?
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It did it once when I went to the main BBC home page over the weekend. I'm not sure how to change anything should I want to.

Should we be changing things?

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a new legal requirement to advise you that websites deposit cookies into your pc
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404979,00.asp

If you object and prevent them from doing so you may not be able to use the site.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with this new EU-wide legislation is that it implies that all cookie activity is "bad", which is complete nonsense. Accepting cookies from many web servers brings distinct advantages to users as well as website operators but the sensationalist slant to this story can only act negatively.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's true Colin. You would think they had sprung up overnight almost to make you wonder if you should allow them. Scaremongering in many ways.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBC Websites' ability to remember who I and where I am is screwy at the best of times so there's no way I'm not allowing cookies!
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just set-up your web-browser to delete all cookies and other history on exit. It's really no biggy- cookies have been around since Adam was just a wee boy: the only difference now is- they have to tell/ask you if they can use them.

Some cookies are good, cos they get you to where you want be more quickly but if you have too many, your PC gets 'fat' slowing it down while on the web. They're good and bad like the Curate's Egg.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what they do but just wondered what anyone else was doing, if anything.

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
That's true Colin. You would think they had sprung up overnight almost to make you wonder if you should allow them. Scaremongering in many ways.


That's partly true. However, it's been brewing for a long time because there's no doubt that many organisations are placing cookies that are doing more than they need to do. There was a 12-month "advance notice period" for compliance which has now just expired - hence the action of the BBC and others. However, the vast majority of webmasters will do nothing whatever, and I can't see how on earth it can be adequately policed.
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