There is a stupid EU regulation requiring consent prior to storing some cookies, often referred to as "EU Cookie Law". See: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm#section_2
However, some cookies are exempt from this requirement. Consent is not required if the cookie is:
- used for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication, and
- strictly necessary in order for the provider of an information society service explicitly required by the user to provide that service.
Cookies clearly exempt from consent according to the EU advisory body on data protection include:
- user‑input cookies (session-id) such as first‑party cookies to keep track of the user's input when filling online forms, shopping carts, etc., for the duration of a session or persistent cookies limited to a few hours in some cases
- authentication cookies, to identify the user once he has logged in, for the duration of a session
- user‑centric security cookies, used to detect authentication abuses, for a limited persistent duration
- multimedia content player cookies, used to store technical data to play back video or audio content, for the duration of a session
- load‑balancing cookies, for the duration of session
- user‑interface customisation cookies such as language or font preferences, for the duration of a session (or slightly longer)
-third‑party social plug‑in content‑sharing cookies, for logged‑in members of a social network.
The current plugin can be used in the following situations:
- You really really want to annoy your users with cookie popups because for some ill reason you think that annoying your users makes your site look more professional (which is, unfortunately, what most use cases fall into these days!)
When enabled, the plugin will display a banner at the bottom of the pages, until the user consents. All texts are customizable in the plugin.