According to a recent opinion from the Advocate General (advisor to the highest court in Europe) an IP (internet protocol) address is personal data, if it can be combined with other information that an organisation holds and results in the identification of the person visiting the website.

If you have cookies on your website which collect IP addresses, then this may be an issue for you. If you are processing personal data using cookies, it must be reflected in your Privacy Policy and you may also need a cookie pop up for first time users to your website.

If you would like to discuss IP addresses or any other data protection query, please contact Probert Legal Limited – experts in data protection law covering Exeter, Devon, Cornwall and the rest of the UK, Contact Tracey Wakelam at