Cookies and my website

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Cookies are lines of codes that a web server sends out along with the requested website page the very first time it is called out by the browser. Once in the browsers, these cookies transmit data back to the webserver. Data like user ID, session ID, settings, etc.

In most of our browsers today, through our browsing actions and affirmative cookie consent, there are probably several cookies currently in our browsers.

The cookies will remain in the browsers until it gets flushed out through the “clear cookies” action.

Cookies help to improve user experience on the site. They stored information to identify you and provide personalized content and settings.

For example, one of the significant backend applications that use cookies is Google Analytics.  Google Analytics uses cookies to monitor site traffic information and user behavior.

So why do the regulators care so much about these cookies?

While cookies offer some conveniences to website users, it’s ability to track and remember user behavior could be intrusive as they can be used for monitoring a person over the web. This behavioral information could also be fed back to marketers for intrusive marketing.

These are somethings that regulators want to manage better. Hence cookie consent and management is one of the seven major requirements of the GDPR.

So how do you, the business and website owner, be GDPR compliant with regards to cookies?

For starters, you would need to have a prominent cookie consent banner on the front of your home page. The banner could be either be a pop-up or a banner bar. The bar could be either at the top or the bottom of the page. The purpose of the consent banner is to inform your visitors that you are using cookies on your website. The visitor then has a choice of whether to accept and proceed. Should they disagree on the use of cookies, then they are unable to continue on the website.

Next, you need to have a cookie policy to inform visitors how cookies are being used on your website. This provides visitors the knowledge of how their data that choice of whether they are giving their consent to proceed.

Next, you have to need a cookie management system to detail all the cookies used on your website. The cookie details could then be shown in the cookie policy as to what cookies are running on the site.

Lastly, you would need a cookie consent log to monitor all cookie consent.

If you need help in implementing any of the above, do let’s connect.

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