Cookie Policies can be linked either in a footer at the bottom or a header at the top of each page.
- To help users know what cookies are used on your site, how they collect information, and how long they store the data. This is important because it gives users control over their own data and helps them make an informed choice about cookies.
- To build trust with users by showing them how they can protect themselves while using your website.
The GDPR requires that businesses have a valid legal basis for collecting personal data. businesses must provide clear and understandable information about their data collection practices before collecting any personal data from an EU citizen.
When it comes to cookies, businesses may still use them on their websites if they have consent from users. However, businesses need to provide clear information about what cookies they use, why they use them, and how users can change their cookie settings if they wish to do so.
Under the CCPA, businesses must disclose what information they collect about consumers, why they’re collecting it, and how long they will keep it.
This means that if you want to collect any personal data or information from your customers, even if it’s just an email address, then you need to make sure your website has a policy in place detailing how you will use that data. This includes any cookies those sites set when someone visits them from your site
Read more about how CCPA affects cookies.
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What cookies are, and how they work
This section explains what cookies are, the different types of cookies and their properties, and how they are used by websites to enhance users’ experiences.
It also explains what type of information you collect through the use of first-party and third-party cookies, as well as explains why this information is necessary for providing the service or experience that users are seeking when visiting your website.
Information on how to manage cookie preferences
This section includes instructions for removing or disabling cookies from users’ browsers so that they can choose whether or not to accept them from your site. You should also provide information about how long cookies will be stored after being removed from users’ devices.
- Use short sentences wherever possible and avoid using complex clauses or phrases
- Start with an introduction that provides background information about cookies and describes how you’ll use them on your site. You can also include a link to more information if you want to make it easy for visitors who want more details.
- Explain why you need cookies, such as for tracking user behavior or storing preferences (like language or location). This part should also explain what types of cookies are used on your website and how they help improve user experience.
- Provide details about how users can control cookie usage using settings in their browser or the site’s cookie consent tool. You should give access to users to make these changes, such as reject, accept or customize their cookie preferences as they wish, at any time.
Here are a few examples of cookie policies done the right way:
Frequently asked questions
- Be clear and concise, with no jargon or legalese
- Explain the types of cookies that are being used
- Provide information about the purpose of each cookie
- Explain how users can change their cookie preferences
It depends. If you’re visiting a website that’s not a sensitive site, like a news site or a forum, it’s probably fine to accept cookies. But if you’re visiting an online banking site, for example, it could be dangerous to accept cookies from that site because they could potentially collect your personal data.
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