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What is a Cookie Notice?

Last Updated: December 7, 2020

Cookie Notice

A Cookie Notice is a document that outlines the types and use of cookies on a website. It’s also known as a cookie policy or cookie consent notice. You can find a cookie notice on a separate page of a website or a sub-section of a privacy policy that is dedicated just to cookies.

This is not to be confused with a Privacy Policy Notice, which is the document that a website owner uses to outline the methods and purposes of its data processing to users. Additionally, a cookie banner is a pop-up that appears when a user first visits a website. It informs a user that their data is being collected and will be used for certain purposes. A cookie consent banner will give the user an opportunity to consent to their data being processed.

 

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.

CookiePro provides a pre-built, dynamic cookie policy that you can embed on its own page, or within your privacy policy.  This provides you with the ability to view which cookies your site uses and the categories that they fall under. Also, includes the ability to opt-in or opt-out of certain categories directly from your Cookie Notice or Privacy Policy page.  The CookiePro Cookie Policy is updated after each scan of your website. So if you scan your website and find new cookies, your Cookie/Privacy Policy will be dynamically updated in real-time, no code changes required.

 

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.

 

Cookie Policy Example

Our Cookie Pro Cookie Notice is a great example that satisfies regulatory requirements in a clear and concise manner.Cookie Consent Notice

 

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.

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