The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has received 169 complaints thus far about websites failing to comply with the cookie law that came into force on May 26. Operators of UK websites were given until that date to ensure that user consent for cookies is obtained prior to access to the website being granted, although the ICO published last-minute Guidance the day before the deadline which appeared to dilute somewhat its previous position. A brief tour around several high-profile websites shows very little consistency in the approach companies are taking. For those who have addressed the cookies issue, this varies from a definite consent being required before the user can progress to the site, to a mere link to the cookies policy being provided in a more prominent place on the homepage. This lack of consistency is probably due to the ongoing lack of clarity on the ICO’s position. For more information, please see the blog and related posts of our Global Regulatory Enforcement Team here.