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Cookie Choice

June 24th, 2012

This is a Joomla! module designed to HELP website owners/admins comply with the EU ePrivacy Directive.

This is not a “fix and forget” solution. Just installing this module is not enough to comply with the directive.
Site admins must audit their site regularly for cookies and act on the information found, this module mearly HELPS them isolate any modules that set cookies from casual visitors.

The site owner is responsible for compliance with the directive, and should read, understand and take legal advice where necessary.

June 2012 EU working party guidance for cookie use:
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/documentation/opinion-recommendation/files/2012/wp194_en.pdf

ICO (UK) article regarding compliance:
http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2011/must-try-harder-on-cookies-compliance-says-ico-13122011.aspx

The actual EU legal document:
Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications):
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32002L0058:EN:NOT

User Information
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You will need Joomla!2.5 installed on a server before you can use this module.
You can install this module using the Joomla!2.5 Extension Manager, using the zip file included with this project.
The following configuration options are available:
Customisable “Ask to accept cookies” text
Customisable “Thankyou for accepting cookies” text
Customisable “Stop accepting cookies” text
Turn on/off a show/hide button that uses javascript to show/hide the accept/block text and accept/block button
Set the show/hide button to display to the left or right of the text.
Additional language files can be added
All styles can be adjusted using the CSS file

INFORMATION FOR ADMINISTRATORS
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Site Admin MUST:
Use the Module manager and put the cookiechoice module in a position of their choice on every page, and Publish (Access=Public).
Otherwise any visitors not logged in will never be able to see any modules installed after this one. Any modules installed from now on must be audited for cookies, any that set cookies MUST have access changed to ‘Cookies Accepted’ unless they are already set to ‘Registered’ or ‘Special’.
Also, any modules already installed must be audited for cookies, any that set cookies MUST have access changed to ‘Cookies Accepted’ unless they are already set to ‘Registered’ or ‘Special’.

Links to independent sites about cookies and browser specific “block cookies” instructions should be included in the site.
Two such sites are:

http://www.aboutcookies.org/
http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Neither are affiliated or associated with KISS Web Design, and inclusion of these links does not rep