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Cookie consent

As a website owner located in the European Union (EU) or dealing with users from the EU countries, you need to make sure that your website is compliant with current rules and regulations.

Why cookie consent?

To give people control over how their data is used and to protect “fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons”, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out strict requirements on data handling procedures, transparency, documentation and obtaining user consent. This also applies to using cookies on your website.

What does it mean for my website?

If you operate a website in the EU or with users from the EU countries, you must comply with current legislation. More specifically, the EU ePrivacy Directive requires prior, informed consent from your website users when you use cookies on your website. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires you to document each of these consents. At the same time you must be able to account for what user data you share with embedded third-party services on your website and where in the world that data is sent to. Cookiebot helps you do exactly that and is fully compliant with the current legislation. If you are unsure about whether your website is compliant, you can test it for free here.

Do I need a cookie consent message if I use Google Analytics?

Google Analytics like so many other tools makes use of cookies. Google Analytics sets first party cookies via the JavaScript you add to your website to enable tracking. Four cookies are set automatically and a fifth cookie is optional (sharing your traffic information with Google). Because Google Analytics makes use of cookies, you need to obtain a consent from your users. You can do this by adding a cookie consent message to your website. This can easily be done - and customized - using a product such as Cookiebot.

Examples of cookie consent messages on websites

There are various types of cookie consent messages being used on websites. Some solutions - like Cookiebot - offers standard templates that you can use as they are or customize to your liking. You can see these here. Google has also put together some examples that are suitable if you use Google Analytics or Google AdSense.

Implementation of cookie consent

There are 2 main ways of implementing cookie consent on your website: By making use of a Wordpress plugin or by adding a cookie consent script directly to your website.

Wordpress plugin for cookie consent

One of the easiest ways to implement cookie consent on your website is by making use of a Wordpress plugin. You can find and install cookie consent plugins in the plugin menu point in the admin area of your Wordpress site. Be sure to look for the Cookiebot plugin which is fully compliant with both GDPR and the EU ePrivacy Directive.

Cookie consent script

You can also add a cookie consent script to your website. This is typically a simple javascript. See the cookiebot script here.