Cookie Compliance: What You Need To Know

All around the internet, when visiting a website you might come across a notification asking you about cookies. It will typically let you know that the website uses cookies and whether you want to accept them or not. 

Cookies are used for data purposes, stored on the browser of an individual and can be used in many different occasions such as identifying whether a user is logged in or not. The notification you receive when visiting websites is for non essential cookies, such as third-party cookies that can be used for advertising.

In this article, we are going to discuss cookie compliance and everything you need to know regarding cookies and policy under the law. If you are developing a website, it is important that you understand how cookies work to avoid legal action in the future and to ensure that your visitors’ data is safe.

Regulations Under GDPR Regarding Cookies

GDPR, an agreement between the member states of the EU, includes some information regarding the use of cookies and some regulations to follow when using them on your website.

There are regulations that you need to follow if you want your website to be available to EU users, which needless to say, this could account for a large number of visitors to your website. Let’s go over the regulations that you need to follow and what they mean for your business or website.

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User Consent

Aside from strictly necessary cookies, you are going to need permission from the visitor in order to be cookie compliant and use cookies on your website. This consent is best displayed through a notification on your website, asking them whether they accept cookies or not.

Accurate Information

In order for the consent to be received, you must provide accurate information about each cookie that is used on the website written in plain language so that anyone can understand. This can be displayed when you ask a visitor if they accept cookies or not.

Storing Consent

Once receiving the consent from visitors to use cookies, you must document and store the consent from the user.

User Access

Even if a visitor refuses to allow the use of certain cookies, you must let them access the website regardless of their consent in order to be cookie compliant.

Ease of Withdrawal

As well as making it easy for users to consent in the first place, you must make it just as easy for users to withdraw their consent regarding cookies. This means including another option somewhere on your website for cookies and whether the user still gives consent to using them.

Know Whether You Are Complying With The Right Regulations & Policies

In business, compliance with law, regulation and policy is essential if you want your business to prosper. If you aren’t complying with regulations such as the GDPR, it could cause many problems further down the road such as financial and legal implications. Cookiebot can be used to follow the GDPR regulations on your website, including everything you need to be compliant such as user consent pop-ups and cookie tracking.

Why not try our GAP Analysis Checklist? It is a free compliance checklist that you can complete to know whether your business is compliant or not. After receiving your results, you can make the necessary steps to be sure that your business is compliant with the relevant policies and regulations.