If your parish council or community group has a website then yes if they fail to comply with the new Privacy and Electronic Communications regulations.

From 27th May 2012, the new “cookie law” which is part of the 2011 amendment to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2011 came into force. Websites have had 12 months in which to make the necessary changes in-order to comply with the new regulations.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that websites can assume that users have consented to the use of cookies if there is a prominent message “above-the-fold”. The privacy policy should clearly state what cookies are placed on a users equipment.

On checking 10 parish council websites CPALC found that all used cookies and there was neither a privacy statement nor an explanation of what cookies were used.

It is important that Community Groups and Parish Councils with websites understand and implement this new legislation. Failure to do so may result in complaints to ICO, an investigation and potentially a fine.


Advanced members click here for detailed information regarding this legislation

Advanced members click here to read the FAQ on implementing this legislation