If you have business in the EU region, you must have heard about the General Data Protection Regulation and EU Cookie law. As part of EU legislation, these laws are aimed to protect citizens’ privacy and give them more control over their personal information.
Wasting no time, let’s get started.
Cookies are small pieces of information stored in the users’ browsers for various purposes like saving credentials and preferences, tracking user activity on the internet, for analytical and advertising purposes.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires users’ informed consent before loading cookies on their browsers. You should add a cookie consent banner to obtain prior consent from your website visitors.
1. Brief explanation about cookies
You should give a brief explanation about what are cookies and why are they used. Your website visitors may not have proper knowledge of cookies. Maybe the only cookie they know is that crunchy choco chipped one baked in an oven. So it is your responsibility to clearly explain to them about web cookies and why it is used.
2. Types of cookies used and how you use them
Explain the different types of cookies used on your website and how you use them. You don’t need to list all the cookies used one by one, but it is essential to let the users know what cookies are used on your website and how you use them.
The following screenshots illustrate how websites display the types of cookies used.
3. Inform the use of third-party, analytical, and remarketing cookies
4. Inform the use of other trackers
Your website may use various tracking technologies like web beacons or pixel tags to track user activity on your website. Even though they are not cookies, they interact with web cookies for tracking user data. So it is important to disclose the use of any such tracking technologies on your website.
5. Provide instructions for disabling cookies
Apart from complying with legal regulations, cookie policies also help you gain the trust of your users. People are more concerned about their privacy these days. Complying with major privacy laws like GDPR will indicate that you value their privacy.
We also have an article about how to create a GDPR compliant cookie banner on WordPress websites.
If you have any doubts on your mind, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.