If your site uses Opus you're in the EU then you need think about the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by
Directive 2009/136/EC. It calls for you to bother your visitors asking
them if they are happy with you putting cookies on their browser.
You'll have seen this going around the web like a rash lately. It really
is a horrible thing to have to do: it gets in the way and unless it
really is necessary one shouldn't do it. And, in the case of Opus web
sites, we think we can fairly easily get away without using anything
other than session cookies at all and thus avoid all the pain.
We currently use permanent cookies for one purpose only: to track
visitors on the site.
Now there is an open source technology called Piwik
which can be bolted into any web site. It's similar in intent to Google
Analytics although some way behind in terms of functionality, however
it's still light years ahead of what Opus offers natively. Moreover,
unlike Google Analytics, it can do a good job without using cookies.
We've been using Piwik on lots of sites for some years now and we're very
happy with it.
So, if you think you should make your site compliant, we recommend:
- downloading the latest opus snapshot tarball from opuscx.org
and installing that
- turning off cookies in "Modify options for ..." in the author menu
using the new option that you will find there
- if you still want to track your visitors install Piwik
Alternatively, if you use permanent cookies for other purposes on your
site, or you prefer Google Analytics which leaves a trial of third party
and how you are going to make your site compliant with the directive.