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new EU cookie rule question

Thread began 5/29/2012 7:18 am by j.dobres416289 | Last modified 6/14/2012 1:07 pm by j.dobres416289 | 2698 views | 8 replies

j.dobres416289

new EU cookie rule question

Hi

As some of you may know the EU (European union) recently introduced a new law on cookies.As the UK is part of the EU I need to comply.
cookies.aspx

One of the first steps suggested re compliance is to identify cookies being set when someone logs into your website i.e. a 'Cookie audit'
I have used internet explorer 9 F12 Developer tools to do this as a first step (and I notice that on my contact page (which uses web assist pre built PHP solution pack) it appears that a cookie is set when someone visits the page?
According to F12 developer tools
i.e. IE9 Click on the 'gear' then F12 developer tools/cache/view cookie information)
the cookie is:
NAME PHPSESSID

Thus re complying with the above mentioned EU directive I am wondering
1)Is this cookie set by the code in the PHP solutions pack (and is it set by the CSS form builder I bought?)
2)If the answer to 1) is yes then what does the cookie do? - the name suggests that it is something to do with security?
3)If the answer to 1) is yes then can I delete this section of the code (you would need to help me identify the code section) and what would be the consequence of deleting it?

It may be the Cookie is not set by my web assist products but by my ISP? (Fasthosts)

In any event if I keep the Cookie then I need to know what it does so I can ask my users if they want to opt into it being set....there are some software companies who are starting to produce software for this purpose see
jpecr-package/

This is all a bit of a headache and my goal is to only include cookies that are essential to the functioning of my websites...including security.

Sorry about the long question but the key point is "is the cookie set by the web assist products (contact form solution pack or CSS form builder) or by my ISP and what does this Cookie do?
j.dobres@blueyonder.co.uk
best wishes

Jonathan

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