Irish DPC Cookie Guidelines

CookiePro helps organizations of all sizes simplify time to follow recent cookie guidance provided by the Irish DPC. With a purpose-built suite of technology solutions, your organization can get up and running with a cookie banner and preference center to follow guidelines.

Irish DPC Regulation Cookie Consent

Irish DPC Enforcement Date

What is the Irish DPC?

The DPC is the Irish supervisory authority for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and also has functions and powers related to other important regulatory frameworks including the Irish ePrivacy Regulations and the EU Directive known as the Law Enforcement Directive.

In April 2020, the DPC shared new guidance on the use of cookies and tracking technologies, this included a report which indicated that there will be an increase in enforcement against non-compliant business after the compliance grace-period, ending on October 5, 2020. 

At a high level, here's what you need to do to comply:
  • Scan your website to detect and categorize cookies and other tracking technologies on your website.
  • Configure a cookie banner to pop up at or before the point of collection informing the consumer of the categories of personal information that the company collects and for what purpose.
  • Create a preference center that provides detailed information about the purpose of cookie collection and the third parties that will process any information collected when those cookies are deployed.
  • Build a centrally located, historical consent database to demonstrate compliance to regulators and auditors.

Findings From the Irish DPC Cookie Sweep

The DPC’s findings showed organizations are either confused about current legislations or were ignoring them. In addition, the DPC wanted to determine what were the most difficult aspects of compliance for website operators under current Irish and EU law:

Controllers targeted with their websites
Of the organizations presented pre-checked boxes to signal consent for cookies
Of the organizations stated they rely on a model of “implied consent”

Additionally, most organizations had poorly designed cookie banners that offered no choice to reject, didn’t offer tools for users to withdraw cookie choices at a later stage, and miscategorized cookies deployed on their website as "necessary"

How to Comply With the Irish DPC

Cookie Compliance Consent
Scan website for cookies and tracking technologies
  • Detect all first- and third-party cookies, tags, trackers, pixels, beacons and more
  • Use advanced scanning functionality to scan behind logins, simulate user journeys, and trigger hidden pages
  • Continued scanning to keep an evergreen inventory of tracking technologies and up to date policies across your web properties
Custom Cookie Banner and Preference Center CMP
Configure Cookie Banner and Preference Center
  • Leverage professionally designed library of pre-defined banner and preference center templates
  • Enable over 200 unique languages, including right to left support
  • Add in custom branding and optional CSS to pull in existing website styling
  • Use geolocation rules to automatically display different banners and consent models based on region, country, or state
Mobile App Scanning and Consent
Monitor and Report Using Interactive Dashboards
  • Leverage A/B Testing to test CMP variants and optimize opt-ins
  • Maintain granular consent receipts and demonstrate compliance over time
  • Build a centrally located, historical consent database for data regulators and auditors
  • Utilize detailed analytics and visual dashboards to track the progress of your privacy program

Get started today with the Irish DPC Cookies Checklist!

Make sure your business is ready for the October 5th Cookie Enforcement with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). Download our Cookies Readiness Checklist to see what steps you need to complete before the deadline.

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