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.
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?
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.