Enforcement of Cookie Law broken down by year

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

Please could you supply the following statistics, from the date of
commencement of the cookie law in the UK, with each result broken down by year?

1. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non
compliance with the cookie law.
2. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non
compliance with the cookie law
where the referral against a particular site is multiple (i.e. more
than one referral agains a particular site)
3, The number of sites that have been contacted regarding the non
compliance with the cookie law by the ICO.
4. The number of sites prosecuted, or other action taken ( please
define) against a site for the non compliance of the cookie law.
5. The number of staff dedicated on a full or part time basis assigned to
police the cookie law.

Thank you very much!

Yours faithfully,

dan barker

AccessICOinformation, Information Commissioner’s Office

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Information Commissioner’s Office

10 October 2014

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0554926

 

Dear Mr Barker

Request for Information
 
Thank you for your information request of 15 September 2014. We are now in
a position to respond to your request.
 
We have dealt with your request in accordance with your ‘right to know’
under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), which
entitles you to be provided with a copy of any information ‘held’ by a
public authority, unless an appropriate exemption applies.
 
Request
 
In your e-mail you asked “Please could you supply the following
statistics, from the date of commencement of the cookie law in the UK,
with each result broken down by year?

1. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non compliance
with the cookie law.

2. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non compliance
with the cookie law where the referral against a particular site is
multiple (i.e. more than one referral against a particular site)

3, The number of sites that have been contacted regarding the non
compliance with the cookie law by the ICO.

4. The number of sites prosecuted, or other action taken ( please
define) against a site for the non compliance of the cookie law.

5. The number of staff dedicated on a full or part time basis assigned to
police the cookie law.”
 
Information Held
 
I will deal with each of your questions in turn.
 
 

 1. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non-compliance
with the cookie law.

The ICO has received 1023 concerns in total to 19 September 2014. However,
many of these will be about the same sites, or may be raising irrelevant
issues.  
 
 

+--------------------------------+
|Period |Concerns|
|-----------------------+--------|
|April – June 2012 |258 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|July – September 2012 |226 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|October - December 2012|114 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|January - March 2013 |87 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|April - June 2013 |75 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|July - September 2013 |73 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|October – December 2013|53 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|January – March 2014 |65 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|April - June 2014 |38 |
|-----------------------+--------|
|July – September 2014 |34 |
+--------------------------------+

 
 

 2. The number of referrals to the ICO regarding sites in non-compliance
with the cookie law where the referral against a particular site is
multiple (i.e. more than one referral against a particular site).

We do not hold a single list specifying the number of complaints received
about each individual site. As concerns can be raised anonymously, and
some may raise valid points, while others may not – there is no business
need to keep such a list. Instead, the Officer reviewing the concerns
received will review previous data to see if we have written to an
organisation previously. As a result, it would be fair to assume we have
received complaints about approximately 275 individual organisations in
total (please see below).
 
However, I have checked the list of complaints we have received and it
would appear that there are 52 websites about which we have received a
minimum of two complaints. 

 3. The number of sites that have been contacted regarding the
non-compliance with the cookie law by the ICO.

68 organisations were written to in May 2012 (a cross section of popular
websites) to ask them what steps they had taken to make sure they comply
with the rules.
 
275 organisations have been written to since, where a complaint has been
received about a website.
 
27 larger sites have been investigated. We have prioritised those sites
that are most-frequently visited by UK individuals (sites ranked within
the top 200 most-visited in the UK). We have rated these sites as red,
amber or green depending on the steps taken towards compliance. Currently
all of these sites fall within the green category. Details can be found on
[1]our website and this is updated quarterly. We have not had to take any
formal action to date, instead we have used informal methods to secure
compliance such as through correspondence and compliance meetings.  
 

 4. The number of sites prosecuted, or other action taken (please
define) against a site for the non-compliance of the cookie law.

As above, no formal action has been taken. 
 

 5. The number of staff dedicated on a full or part time basis assigned to
police the cookie law.

No staff are dedicated to policing the cookie law. Collection of concerns,
visiting sites and prioritising work is currently the responsibility of
the Intelligence Hub team. This work is undertaken by the manager or
another member of staff alongside other duties. Where larger sites are
identified, these may become ‘cases’ with the PECR Investigations Team.
These cases will be held alongside other work. Generally it can be assumed
that this work has less than 1 FTE assigned to it.
 
We have assigned a ‘low’ threat level to this work – details are on [2]our
website.
 
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our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been handled
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Yours sincerely
 
Ashley Duffy      Lead Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
T. 01625 545625  F. 01625 524510  [5]www.ico.org.uk
 
 
 

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