On 26th May 2012 all UK websites must offer users opt-in consent tools to allow cookies that pass information about your browsing activities to 3rd parties.  The law was passed almost a year ago but many websites haven’t yet updated to take this into account.  The big question is are you compliant?

If you’ve not yet reviewed your websites then take a moment to watch this video of John Mannix from Governor Technology who talks about cookielaw.org, a service that used crowd-sourcing to farm cookies from volunteers who installed an agent on their machines and provide later analysis and gave advice on whether a particular site's cookies existed within the limitation of the EU directive that came in to force on the 27th May 2011 (and that will be enforced in May 2012).

This video features an interesting discussion on how they architected to use Azure features so they could easily scale up/down depending on the number of cookies that were harvested as well as potentially being a way to identify what your company needs to do to comply.