Re: That was nice
@ Charlie Clark "The cookie is required to map browser requests to the server session."
"...consent is not required for technical storage or access of the following cookies:
* Cookies used for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication
* Cookies that are strictly necessary in order for the provider of an information society service explicitly required by the user to provide that service."
So, no change as I understand it. Absolutely necessary cookies, which your site simply cannot function without, can be placed without the consent of the user - though I think you still need the cookie notice.
As this ruling relates to a pre-checked box for targeted advertising cookies, which aren't essential, it falls foul of the rules.
Seems to me this ruling simply confirms the existing rules. IANAL, though...