What is a Cookie Notice?
Last Updated: December 7, 2020
Do I Need a Cookie Consent Notice?
A cookie consent notice is required if you collect data from European Union visitors as expressed in the GDPR and ePrivacy Directive. You can’t control who visits your website. Therefore, it’s highly encouraged to have some kind of cookie consent notice on your website. This is especially true if you use tracking technologies like Google Analytics, HubSpot, plugins, and social media buttons.
Requirements for GDPR & CCPA Compliance
European law states websites that track users’ personal data and don’t comply with cookie consent notices or banners will face heavy fines and penalties. Some violations are subject to up to 4% of the organization’s global annual turnover.
A compliant cookie consent notice must:
- acquire clear and unambiguous consent
- collect consent before processing a user’s data
- document all records of collected consents
- specify all the types of cookies and tracking technology it uses
- not include pre-ticked checkboxes
- enable users to revoke consent on each category of cookies
- renew consent annually
The CCPA applies to businesses, that meet one more of the following criteria. Defined as for-profit organizations that collect personal information about residents in California. Businesses that determine the purpose and means of the processing and does business in the State of California.
At CookiePro, we offer solutions for both GDPR and CCPA. According to GDPR, websites must have a contact form (i.e. Data Subject Access Request) for users to request the deletion of their data. According to CCPA, websites must include a Do Not Sell My Personal Information link that allows users to opt-out of targeting cookies.
Our Cookie Pro Cookie Notice is a great example that satisfies regulatory requirements in a clear and concise manner.
WordPress Cookie Notice Plugin
WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and is used by nearly 75 million websites. With the adoption of WordPress, we found it critical to develop two plugins to make adding CookiePro to your site quick and easy.
Create your cookie banner and preference center within the CookiePro tool. Then install the CookiePro Plugin to add the banner and preference center script to your site. The plugin integrates with Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager and will automatically disable Google Analytics and show non-personalized ads until the user consents.