Cookie-Script development progress

Update log

Major dashboard upgrade

Today we are pleased to release our major dashboard update which is more informative and intuitive.

Added:

  • Improved design for the item list
  • Website screenshots in the item list in the Dashboard
  • Information about if the banner is added to the website
  • Checklist for each website (what is good and what should be changed)
  • GDPR / CCPA / LGPD / CNIL regulation compliance for every setting for the banner. Hover with a cursor to see the detailed explanation for each regulation. 
  • Visual settings for the banner design
  • Styled Custom CSS field
  • Some settings re-arrangement
  • Minor bugfixes

Geo-targeting Cookie Banner to any country

Since more countries and US states adopt their own privacy regulations, targeting Cookie Banners geographically is becoming more important. To meet the latest requirements, we have adjusted our geo-targeting feature. It now allows you to show your Cookie Banner in any combination of 250 countries and 50 US states.

As always, you can create several banners for different locations and they will work perfectly together. 

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GTM templates and links to Provider privacy policy

Google Tag Manager (GTM) is the most popular platform for scripts and tags inclusion to a website without modifying website source code. We are rolling out an update that has the most complete integration with GTM possible. This update includes 2 GTM templates: a Tag template and a consent state Variable template. Those templates make it easier to install CookieScript with Google Consent Mode and adjust Tag behavior based on the Consent State. The GTM documentation has been updated to reflect the new functionality. The new update also includes CookieScript category mapping for 3 more consent types from Google Consent Mode: functionality_storage, personalization_storage, security_storage

We have also updated the Cookie Declaration table, it now includes the cookie provider name and a link to the Provider Privacy Policy. This is an important requirement from Google to validate the website for targeted ads placement.

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Minor fixes and improvements

A quick update with the recently requested features.

Added:

  • An attribute to restrict banner rendering on the main domain only. Documentation is available here.
  • New option in Behavior tab: URL encode cookie value. This solves a problem with some servers blocking cookies with invalid characters. 

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New cookie declaration design added

We have added a completely new design for a detailed cookie declaration window. It shows up after clicking the "Show details" link in the banner. More info about the new design.

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Third-party scripts automatic recognition added

Automatic third-party script blocking is a handy feature that helps you to adjust what scripts should be allowed only after user consent. However, it might be a challenging task to find the necessary script in the list of all scripts used by the website. 

Introducing automatic third-party script recognition. This feature will automatically check every script with a library of known scripts. If the script is found in the library, it will show up with a vendor icon, name, and a short description.

According to our tests, the script library is able to recognize 60% of scripts on average.

All existing scripts were also assigned to proper vendors, so you will see script names in existing Cookie Banners too.

Added:

  • Automatic third-party script recognition

Improved banner sharing functionality

CookieScript keeps improving services available for agencies. A popular banner sharing functionality got even better. It is now possible to share a banner to any email, even if the user does not have an account at CookieScript

When sharing a banner to an email that is not registered at CookieScript, a new CookieScript user will be created and an email with login and password will be sent to the user. 

This feature is especially useful for agencies that manage client accounts and want to give access to the banner settings or statistics. Previously, agency clients had to register an account to be able to accept sharing invitations. Now, the account is created automatically, and sharing invitations are also accepted automatically for new users. The client only needs to log in with the credentials received by email.

Updated:

  • CookieScript banner sharing functionality, the banner can be shared to any email.

CookieScript moved to EU-based cloud service provider

Due to a recent legal case with one of our competitors, CookieScript has moved all the cloud resources that might be related to transmitting client data to an EU-based cloud service provider Hetzner

All the servers used by CookieScript were always located within the EU, however, it is no longer enough to keep up with the latest privacy regulations. It is also important to have all sub-contractors and data processors to be registered within the EU.

Updated:

  • CookieScript changed the sub-contractor to the one that is registered inside the EU.

Major Cookie Scanner update

Over the last months, we've been working on a completely new Cookie Scanner. It was completely rebuilt from the bottom and shows much better cookie scanning results. It is implemented with the latest technologies in processing website data.

Hey, did we mention that the new Cookie Scanner is also two times faster

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Cookie banner improvements

Some overall improvements to the system have been rolled out. 

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Sharing and Privacy Policy generator

Two big new features are added to CookieScript: banner sharing between accounts and Privacy Policy generator

Banner Sharing between accounts allows users to share banners with other users - perfect for agencies who want to give clients the possibility to see banner statistics or edit settings.

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Fixed:

  • Minor improvements to Google Analytics data collection

IAB TCF 2.0 integration

CookieScript is now an approved Consent Management Platform at Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe. This means we can offer full integration with IAB Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF). The latest version of TCF 2.0 is fully supported. Integration can be activated in the Main banner settings. When activated, an extra tab will be shown in the "Show details" section. 

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Google and Facebook consent modes

New consent modes for Facebook and Google have been implemented and integrated into the Consent Banner code. With those modes, you can keep using Google services and Facebook pixel and be compliant with privacy regulations.

Added help center

After re-structuring of content on Cookie-Script, some of the documentation was moved to a new Help Center. It has a better searching functionality and features some other cool integrations that will be included on the website in the future.

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New languages and improved Cookie Database

Cookie-Script now supports even more languages! We have added new languages and improved existing translations, so Cookie-Script now supports 34 languages.

Another big update was done to Cookie Database. We have added a new batch of most used cookies and an improved list of pattern cookies. Thanks to those improvements, Cookie Scanner has become 40% more efficient in categorizing found cookies. 7 out of 10 cookies on average will now be recognized and assigned with category and description. 

All cookie descriptions in the Cookie Database are translated to all 34 languages.

Added:

  • New languages added: Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Hindi, Norwegian, Russian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Updated:

  • Cookie Database updated, 40% improvement in cookie categorization comparing to the previous Cookie Database.

Changes to the Cookie-Script Free pricing plan

We love helping people to comply with the latest privacy regulation across the world. As the number of our customers continues to grow, we need to adapt our Free Membership to keep up with the constantly evolving digital world.

Beginning April 1st, 2021, we will be introducing some changes to our Free Membership, including how many websites and pageviews free users will be able to have in their accounts.

Leading up to these changes, you can upgrade to any pricing plan at a limited-time 30% discounted price. Check your email for a discount code or contact us if you haven't received any.

What's changing in Cookie-Script Free accounts?

Beginning April 1st, 2021, Free Cookie-Script accounts will be limited to 2 domains per account and 20.000 page views per month (per account). In case your account exceeds those limits, you will be notified by email first.

Upgrade my account

Offer Terms and Conditions:
An advertised discount is valid for updating free users on their first year of paid membership. Discount is not valid for renewals or existing plan upgrades.

Automatic third-party cookies blocking

The most time-saving feature when making website cookies to comply with privacy regulations is now live! Automatic third-party cookie blocking allows you to block third-party scripts without editing them. Especially handy for scripts inserted by plugins and for non-developers since no coding is now required to block third-party scripts. See the instructions on how to use this new feature.

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Stripe payments management

You can now manage your payments directly in the Stripe payment processor. This functionality allows users to manage payment methods and update credit cards for any existing subscriptions. Go to Account > Membership > Update Credit Card button next to the subscription.

Added:

  • New functionality: edit Credit Card details directly in Stripe payment processor. 

Cookie description translation update

If new cookies were found during the scanning process or when a new website is scanned, cookie description from our Cookie Database is now automatically taken in default banner language.

Updated:

  • New cookies description (if available in Cookie Database) is automatically translated to default banner language.

Cookie Scanner settings update

A small update for the Cookie Scanner, you can now optionally set whether you want to also scan cookies on the subdomain pages. More Cookie Scanner updates are on the way.

Added:

  • New option: include links from subdomains to the main domain scanning. 

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New banner wizard

To make it easier to create a new banner, especially for new users, we have added a new Cookie Banner wizard. It should help you started when creating a new item, fill in necessary fields, and initiate website cookie scanning if needed.

Added:

  • New Cookie Banner wizard;
  • New option: Activate "Save and Close" when a user opens a cookie declaration;
  • New option: Cookie Consent ID name.

Updated:

  • Showing user consent ID in the cookie report table.

Language settings update

We are unrolling translations and language updates for the Cookie Banner settings. You can now choose the main language for your Cookie pop-up Banner and optionally set default translations for all the Cookie Banner settings. Currently, translations in 24 European languages are available, you can also add your own language. More translations are coming up. 

If you have comments on how translation can be improved in your language, drop us a line and we will see how it can be adjusted.

Added:

  • Default Cookie Banner language
  • Main settings translations for all available languages

Updated:

  • The English language fields pre-filled in additional translations
  • Language selection design: country flags added.

Fixed:

  • Saving custom language in additional translations

New design of control panel

Nice and shiny. Welcome, our new control panel is here. It has all the same functionality as before, but now with brand new look and major improvements. Better structured settings, intuitive controls, and faster-loading speed. Let us know if you like it. New ideas for improvements are always welcome. Enjoy the new look!

Updated:

  • New control panel re-build from scratch. 
  • Minor Cookie Banner improvements

Copying domain from staging to production

This update is intended to fix all the missing translation functionality. The main feature of this update is automated cookie description translation for cookies in our Cookie Database. This means you get pre-defined cookie translations in all languages. Note that you need to re-save your Cookie-Script item in order to get all the cookie descriptions translated.

Updated:

  • Improved translations for cookie descriptions
  • Improved how expiration date is calculated
  • Cookie Scanner improvements

Fixed:

  • Added statistics data monitor tool to avoid any statistics data losses.
  • Fixed expiration date rounding (now showing more precise interval)

Translations update

This update is intended to fix all the missing translation functionality. The main feature of this update is automated cookie description translation for cookies in our Cookie Database. This means you get pre-defined cookie translations in all languages. Note that you need to re-save your Cookie-Script item in order to get all the cookie descriptions translated.

Added:

  • The automated translation of pre-defined cookie descriptions
  • The automated translation of expiration column in the Cookie Report

Updated:

  • Improved translations for cookie categories

Fixed:

  • Fixed issue with google analytics event tracking when GA is implemented with Google Tag Manager

Cookie Scanner update: showing which page sets cookie

Another update to our Cookie Scanner. From now on you can see which page was first detected to set the cookie. This information is visible after clicking "More info" under the cookie name in the cookie report.

Added:

  • Showing which page first set the cookie

Updated:

  • Fixed issues with detecting HotJar cookies

More translations + new option

As you might have noticed, we have translated all possible texts to all EU languages. Now when you choose a new language, all translations will be applied automatically. We also have added a new option that allows forcing page reloading after the user chooses to accept or decline cookies.

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Updated:

  • Automatic translations

Manual website scanning added

Today we have added one more cool feature: it is now possible to trigger an automatic cookie scanner at any time to refresh information about what cookies are currently used on the website. This refresh is available once in 24 hours and for now, it is available in all plans. Triggering automatic scan is easy, simply click the Scan cookies again button in the Cookie Scanner tab.

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  • Minor bug fixes
  • Removed report deleting option

New pricing plans and website automatic cookie scanning

We are happy to introduce automatic website cookie scanning: now your websites can be automatically scanned for cookies every month and cookie declaration will be automatically updated. We have also increased a number of scanned pages to 1000 and 3000. 

As a result of this new functionality, we are required to update our pricing plans and include limitations to the number of domains for each plan. More about new plans and answers to possible questions on our pricing page.

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  • UI: new tab showing all scan sessions for this website with statuses
  • New limits for pagescan: 1000 and 3000 pages.
  • Minor bug fixes

Language updates and new option

As requested by many customers, we have updated our current website language algorithm. Now it supports language attribute like lang="en" as well as lang="en-GB".

We have also added a new option: Move categories checkboxes to cookie declaration. When checked, it moves cookie category checkboxes to the Cookie declaration section which is unfolded after clicking the "Show details" link in the banner.

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  • New option to move cookie category checkboxes

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Added Cookie Declaration inside the banner

From now on it is possible to include Cookie Declaration inside the Cookie Consent popup. We did our best to make it look nice on all screens and included some pretty animation. Cookie Declaration table (as well as the banner itself) works perfectly in all browsers, including older Internet Explorer (down to IE version 9):

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  • Minor bugfixes (third-party script inclusion in Firefox).
  • Minor design improvements for older browsers.
  • Translations tab view

Code restructuring and improvements

We have completely rewritten the Cookie Consent banner code from scratch. It is now more structured and includes some developer-level functionality as well as more customization options.

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Updated:

  • Complete re-build of Cookie Banner source code from the ground
  • Full Internet Explorer compatibility for versions 9+
  • Cookie scanner: added possibility to scan subfolders or separate pages
  • Possibility for different banners running for a different location (ex: one banner for EU, another for California)
  • Minor bugfixes
  • For any banners created before the update, you need to re-save the Cookie-Script item to re-generate Cookie Banner code (or click the Update All button in your account)

Statistics tool update

Big update to our statistics. We are now collecting every interaction with any element on the Cookie Banner, accepting/declining cookies, closing banner, reading Cookie Policy, etc. The Cookie statistics tool now also allows you to track what categories were actively selected by visitors. All data is presented in updated charts. Actions data are grouped and not personalized, so it cannot be considered private data, which means no user agreement is needed to collect it. 

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Added:

  • Complete re-build of statistics tool.
  • Added more charts to visualize all data
  • Collecting more information about user actions

Things to note:

  • Depending on when your Cookie Banner was created, you might need to re-save your Cookie-Script item for it to start using a new statistics tool.

Custom cookies update

This update is aimed at cookie report, which can now be deleted or modified

Added:

  • New functionality: delete existing report (used to re-scan website)
  • New functionality: add a custom cookie to the cookie report
  • New functionality: delete any cookie from the cookie report

Updated:

  • minor bug fixes

Major functionality and design update

This is one of the biggest updates in the design of the Cookie-Script pop-up. It also includes a lot of cool features and settings related to the behavior and look of the cookie pop-up box.

Added:

  • New options added: show / hide any elements. Possibility to disable any element in the pop-up box
  • New option added: check all cookie category checkboxes by default
  • New option added: rounded or square button style
  • New buttons added: accept all / reject all / close icon
  • New improved analytics: now tracking clicks on new elements with a help of Amazon Web Services

Updated:

  • Complete re-design of cookie pop-up boxes from scratch. Designed for better feel and look
  • Removed one of the cookie pop-up box designs. It's now part of the first design
  • Unused cookie categories are not displayed in the cookie pop-up box
  • Cookie Policy link moved to the main text
  • Cookie badge completely re-designed: fancy animation and nicer look
  • Updated hints and descriptions for all options according to new design changes

Things to note:

  • New design and changes will only appear after you re-save your Cookie-Script item (or click the Update All button in your account)
  • Since there are new options, there are default values assigned to them. You might need to consider if you want to change those default settings on existing items
  • It is not recommended to click the Update All button if you have a lot of Cookie-Script items due to auto-assigned default values which you might want to change
  • Due to major design updates, there might be some styling issues in very special cases. You are always welcome to drop us a line and we will fix those issues ASAP

Custom cookie category names and updated consent log

We are continuing to update Cookie-Script functionality to include customization for cookie categories. In addition, some more changes were done to the consent log, now it includes the more necessary information.

Added:

  • Custom names for cookie categories
  • Translatable names for cookie categories for every additional language
  • Possibility to enable third-party scripts by cookie category

Updated:

  • Downloadable consent log now includes categories that were selected
  • Downloadable consent log now includes the text of Cookie Consent popup that was displayed when accepting cookie usage

California geo-targeting added

We are happy to announce that Cookie-Script now supports geotargeting for both EU or California as a part of our update pack for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Detailed instructions on how to use geo-targeting can be found geo-targeting instructions page.

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Cookie categories and report page

In addition to our latest update, which allows you to scan your website cookies, we have also implemented the possibility for visitors to choose what categories of cookies they want to allow. Furthermore, website owners can now show cookie reports on the Cookie Policy page. More important updates are on the way. 

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  • Report page design

New to CookieScript?

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.