Qualys today announced that its QualysGuard Web Application Scanning (WAS) service helps organizations comply with the European Union (EU) Cookie Directive.
On May 26, 2011, the UK adopted regulations to implement the 2009 EU E-Privacy Directive, which requires web sites to gain consent from visitors before they can store cookies or other information used to track a user’s actions. The UK Cookie Directive is privacy legislation that requires web sites to gain consent from visitors before they can store cookies or other information used to track a user’s actions – fundamentally changing how web application owners interact with users.
With QualysGuard WAS, organizations can identify the cookies that their web applications are using, including those issued by third parties. With this information, organizations can evaluate whether the cookies are subject to the law and then update the web application to ensure it meets the EU legislation.
"As this new law impacts any web sites with European visitors, we are pleased to provide our customers with an easy-to-use solution to quickly assess their web sites and provide an accurate list of the ones that store cookies so they can review and update to meet this new law," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys.