UK privacy watchdog starts cookie crackdown

Companies that do not comply with new laws on collecting data from online customers will be contacted within weeks by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is beginning a crackdown on infringements.The move could affect about 65 per cent of UK companies which, according to estimates by KPMG, are still not notifying visitors to their websites before installing cookies to track online behaviour. This makes them potentially liable for fines of up to £500,000.

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