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Cookie Consent: What You Should Know

In this article, Cookie Script will go over the main aspects of keeping your website compliant. We also have several cookie compliance tools available that can help you stay on top of GDPR, CCPA, and other regulations.

Ensure your website cookies are GDPR compliant

Your website tracking technologies may be in line with past privacy directives, but have you updated your notification, consent, and record-keeping practices to ensure your cookies comply with the GDPR? Use this handy checklist to ensure your website's cookie policies are compliant with GDPR.

  • Clear, concise information. Is your cookie policy vague or overly wordy? Use clear, direct language when explaining why you use cookies on your website and how this information is used, processed, and stored. This information is often described as an EU cookie disclaimer.
  • Consent before processing. Cookies should be inactive by default on your website until the user consents to the cookie policy.
  • Document each consent instance. Each time a user consents to the use of cookies, this should be documented and stored securely.
  • Declining cookies should not be a barrier. A user's consent to cookies should not be a requirement of using the website's service or as part of a user contract.
  • Consent should be separate from other transactions. Article 7 of the GDPR states that
    "If the data subject’s consent is given in the context of a written declaration which also concerns other matters, the request for consent shall be presented in a manner which is clearly distinguishable from the other matters."
    What this means is that consent to cookies collection and usage should not appear to be tied to other transactions. You should not imply that a user’s consent will improve the quality of products or services offered.

Cookie Script has a cookie consent tool that makes it easy to record visitors' cookie consents. This feature helps website administrators remain compliant with the consent recording provisions of the CCPA and GDPR. Enabling this feature is easy.

To start a log of visitor cookie consents, simply check the "Record user consents" option in your settings. You can download and view your consent log at any time. Simply choose a date range for the cookie consents you would like to view and the tool will give you the option to download a .zip file of the selected range. Unzip the file and open the .csv file(s) in a program such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, Apple Numbers, or Google Docs. You can see exactly what is included in the downloaded CSV files.

The average website runs approximately 20 cookies. But, if you operate your website for commercial purposes, chances are that you could have third-party cookies running that you are completely unaware of. If you don’t know what cookies are running on your website it can be difficult to follow every cookie law. Cookie Scanner is a website scanner that documents the cookies running on your website — even those often-missed JavaScript cookies. This tool even works like a cookie analyzer, allowing you to remove or modify unnecessary cookies.

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CookieScript helps to make the website ePrivacy and GDPR compliant.

We have all the necessary tools to comply with the latest privacy policy regulations: third-party script management, consent recording, monthly website scans, automatic cookie categorization, cookie declaration automatic update, translations to 34 languages, and much more.