Cookies are small files that your website sends to users’ devices to track their online behavior; thus, cookies assist you in processing users' personal data.
The transparency principle requires websites to communicate with the users about data processing (Take a look at our Data Processing Agreement Guide). Cookies are popular means for gathering data for processing on websites; consequently, website owners must clarify how they utilize cookies on their sites.
Aside from informing users about cookies, online businesses use cookie policies to alert users when any website tracking technology is being used. Because of this, cookie regulations frequently include pixels, tags, and other internet trackers.
In practice, this would mean that you need to:
- Determine the types of cookies you use depending on various criteria (first-party v. third-party, session v. persistent, etc.)
- Explain what they do in terms of data privacy.
Read more about the types of cookies here.
How to remove cookies from the device and/or withdraw cookie consent. The GDPR, LGPD, and other data protection laws require you to provide the user with the ability to withdraw previously granted consent at any time.
If you go the DIY route, you need to take the following steps:
- Determine which data protection laws apply to your business. The applicable laws will be your starting point in determining the content of your policy.
- Check out the cookie guidelines you need to comply with. The majority of EU member states' data protection agencies have issued guidelines regarding cookie guideline compliance. Check those out to make sure you're following the guidelines and staying inside the legal limitations. We have a full post on EU cookie guidelines where you can get all of the information you need before moving on to the next step.
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