If you search for anything at Google UK or on any of the 27 localized versions of Google in the European Union, Google will now prompt you with a notification that they are using cookies to provide search results to you. In fact, Google says that by using Google search you are agreeing to allow Google to place cookies on your computer.
Here is the prompt you will see when searching on Google UK:
Here is the video:
This seems to be in reaction to European Unions cookie law. Although I am a bit surprised to see this just happening now.
Google has confirmed this is being rolled out widely for localized versions of Google in the European Union. You will see this message both on Google’s home page, in the search results (as the picture shows above) and on YouTube for about 27 different localized versions of Google and YouTube. Google has sent us the following statement.
Our top priority is to protect our users’ privacy and security, and to give them easy ways to control their information when they use our services. This is simply part of that effort.
Hat tip to @chrisains for spotting this early.
For more on the EU’s cookie law, see our stories named:
- Do I Change My Site In The UK To Comply With New Cookie Laws?
- UK On Cookie Compliance: Website Owners “Must Try Harder”
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