Irish 6-Month grace period coming to an end

6-Month grace period coming to an end

On the 5th October 2020 the 6-month grace period the Irish DPC gave for websites and apps to become compliant with the Irish cookie rules ends. After this date, the DPC will consider taking enforcement action against non-compliant website / app owners.

You can read our previous article on this Cookie Sweep here


August 2019, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) commenced an examination of the use of cookies and similar technologies on a selection of websites across a range of sectors, including media and publishing, the retail sector, restaurants and food ordering services, insurance, sport and leisure and the public sector.

Following on from this Cookie Sweep, the DPC issued full guidance on the use of cookies.  You can read the full guidance here.

To summarise, the main points were:

  1. All cookies require consent except strictly necessary cookies and cookies used for communication. Analytics / Marketing cookies always require consent.
  2. Consent must be reaffirmed within 6 months and must be given to each cookie purpose (e.g. statistics, functional, marketing).
  3. Pre-checked boxes and implied consent is not allowed. Websites may not assume that users give consent merely by scrolling down the website or has seen information in a cookie pop-up.
  4. Cookie pop-ups must give users the option to decline cookies. Pop-ups only with ‘accept’ buttons are not compliant.
  5. Cookie pop-ups may not ‘nudge’ users into accepting cookies or make it difficult to reject cookies.

Read our previous article here.

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