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The directive demands that users be fully informed about the information being stored in cookies and told why they see particular adverts.
Specifically excluded by the directive are cookies that log what people have put in online shopping baskets.
However, Mr Graham stressed that the government's confession that the regulations will be delayed should not be a spur to inaction.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said: "I cannot bark at the industry at the moment because I have not got the regulations."
Early work by the ICO suggests that gathering consent by changing settings on browsers may not be sophisticated enough for the demands of the directive.
Last time I looked at the official Vatican site it threw me over 100 cookies just on the home page before it had finished loading ..
What came out of this, is that you only need to mention that you are using cookies.