What are cookies, and what types of cookies do Squarespace sites use?
Squarespace websites use essential cookies and non-essential cookies.
The essential cookies are necessary for the functioning of the website. That’s why no privacy law requires you to obtain consent to use them. You can use essential cookies without anyone’s permission.
Non-essential cookies are unnecessary for the website’s functioning; therefore, you must not use them unless the user consents to them. Non-essential cookies can be performance cookies, analytics cookies, marketing cookies, advertising cookies, and other types of cookies or similar technologies.
Non-essential cookies are sometimes third-party cookies, which means that your website allows a third party to access your visitors’ data. That’s one more reason to ask for their cookie consent before using such cookies.
- Virtually everyone installs Google Analytics to monitor website visitors using GA cookies.
- The use of Google Fonts also means sharing personal data with Google.
- Social media plugins enabling users to like or share your content on social media also means sharing their data, and so on.
- Run a cookie scan on your website with the Secure Privacy cookie scanner
Why are cookies necessary for my Squarespace website?
Cookies are small text files that your website sends to visitors’ devices to track them. They identify users and collect their data in the process. That’s how those superior third-party tools give you such great insights - they can identify the exact user and how they use your website.
Some tracking technologies also use data related to visitors’ browsers to identify them and feed you with data.
Cookies serve various purposes for websites. Some improve functionalities, while others remember user preferences. Some of them are used to track visitors all over the internet to help them with targeted ads later based on their online behavior.
The pop-up cookie banners you see every time you land on a new website are not obligatory under any law. However, they are the most common method for requesting cookie consent. Website owners haven’t found any better way to ask users to accept cookies, so we see them everywhere.
Your cookie banner compliance will significantly impact the compliance of your website. That’s why you need to configure your banner the way the applicable laws require you, and it is an excellent practice to get legal advice about that.
In the meantime, you can get familiar with the requirements of the world’s most notable privacy laws here:
GDPR cookie banner for Squarespace
Your consent banner is GDPR-compliant only if the consent obtained by it is:
- Freely given, which means that the user must not be forced into giving consent by any means, such as limiting access to the website, cookies walls, or other methods;
- Informed, which means that the user must be informed of what they give consent for;
- Specific, which means that you need to obtain specific consent for each specific processing purpose;
- Unambiguous, which means that the user must take affirmative action to give consent, and
- Easily withdrawn means that you must allow the user to withdraw consent as quickly as they have given it.
Data protection agencies around the European Union have issued GDPR fines for non-compliant cookie banners. To ensure that your Squarespace website has a GDPR-compliant cookie banner, get familiar with the requirements in-depth here.
CCPA/CPRA cookie banner for Squarespace
LGPD cookie banner for Squarespace
The Brazilian LGPD follows the GDPR in its requirements. Both laws are very similar regarding what they require from website owners, including Squarespace users.
- Given in writing (this includes electronically, such as by clicking the ACCEPT COOKIES button)
- Freely given
- Easily withdrawn
As you can notice, the requirements are the same as in the European Union. You can read more about the specifics in our article on LGPD cookie banner requirements.
PIPEDA cookie banner for Squarespace
Canada PIPEDA cookie consent requirements are somewhere in-between the EU and the US laws. Explicit consent is required only for the processing of sensitive personal information.
However, you still need to inform users about the processing purposes and the categories of data processed at the moment of data collection.
How to comply with cookie laws worldwide?
Getting a Squarespace account doesn’t automatically mean compliance with the laws, but that’s where Secure Privacy can help.
Our cookies consent banner can easily integrate with Squarespace and help you comply with whatever data protection law you need to comply with.
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