On 26th May 2011, the EU Cookie Directive comes into force. You're going to need to tell visitors to your website what information you're tracking about them. So, how do you comply?
As with many regulations that small businesses have to deal with, this is poorly thought out and those managing / creating it don't seem to understand either business or technical realities. In particular there are two areas of concern:
The Information Commissioners Office (which is responsible for this) has said businesses should show they're making an effort to comply (and at the same time giving us all a year's grace). In the mean time they're trying to work with browser manufacturers to create a global solution.
As a business, we feel the need to stay on top of trending technical issues. We don't charge extra for things we think every one of our customers should have. So it is with the EU Directive 2009/136 EU. Every one of our customers now has a little popup explaining the cookies their websites collect. It's not the full solution, but we are certainly aiming to show the Information Commissioners Office that we and all our clients are doing their best to comply.
As we get bigger sites and more complex management, we've been investigating (and using) an automated site management tool called Aegir. It has mainly been used in house for managing our development server, but now we have rolled our first site out on it in production.