The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has revealed it is developing a cookie reporting tool that will allow internet users to report concerns with websites using cookies that it will then investigate.
Speaking to V3, David Evans, group manager for business and industry for the organisation, explained the new tool would help shine a light on bad practice as the ICO prepares to enforce the so-called Cookie Law from 26 May, after a one-year grace period.
"We will be giving individuals the chance to raise concerns with cookies being used on websites in an easy way, so they can explain what the issues are. If we see a picture building up from numerous reports that will help us interrogate these sites," he said.
"The tool will be hosted on our website but we are still developing it at present to ensure it will suit both what individuals' need and what we need from them, so we get the right information, but it should be up and running before the end of the month."
Evans added that the ICO is hoping that sites that take a proactive approach to the law and implement good systems will help educate and inform web users and help others implement similar systems.
"As sites get better at informing users about cookies and what they do, it will become second nature to users to expect this information and this will help them identify sites that don't offer similar information," he said.
He also said that while the ICO is not planning on immediately going after firms breaching the cookie laws from 26 May, it will take a more hard-line approach with those it investigates.
"From the end of May if we approach an organisation after receiving complaints then any excuse of not being aware of the law will not wash," he said.
Last December the ICO published a report that found many firms were not taking the issue seriously enough and needed to try harder to meet their obligations before the law comes into force.
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