Wix Website Cookies: What They Are And Why You Should Care
Creating a Wix website is an attractive option for small businesses on the internet because of the simple website builder and the pricing. Still, it doesn’t solve the issues with privacy laws. You’ll find some privacy settings in your Wix account, but you need a lot more than that to ensure that you process personal data lawfully, respect your customers’ data privacy, and stay safe from penalties.
Here we will dive into the most common questions in the form of FAQs to make you understand them better. We will explain the following:
- Is Wix compliant with the cookie laws?
- Is your Wix website compliant with the cookie laws by default?
- What are essential and third-party cookies, and why is that differentiation significant?
- What do GDPR, CCPA, and LGPD require from your website in terms of cookies
- How to make your Wix website compliant with the cookie laws
Many eCommerce stores, blogs, SAAS websites, content websites, and other online small businesses often embed social media tools on their websites, install Google Analytics to monitor site visitors, add various pop-ups, present website visitors with Google ads, and so on. Most online tutorials about running an online business would advise you to do that, but they do not contain disclaimers about possible privacy violations.
To understand what you need to do, you need to understand essential and third-party cookies.
Essential cookies are the cookies that are strictly necessary for the functioning of your website. You don’t need anyone’s permission to use them.
Third-party cookies are set on your website by third parties with your actions or permission. These include Google Analytics cookies, Google ads cookies, Facebook Pixel, cookies used by social media plugins installed on your website, etc. In most places globally, you must not use these cookies before obtaining explicit user consent.
Is Wix compliant with the cookie laws?
Wix complies with the cookie laws, but that does not mean you are also compliant. You and Wix are two separate companies; therefore, Wix’s compliance doesn’t mean your compliance.
The Wix platform provides you with a tool to build your website. It provides a website builder, templates, plugins, widgets, and so on. But it doesn’t offer legal advice, not it is
Keep reading to learn how to make your Wix website compliant with the cookie laws.
Is my Wix website compliant with the cookie laws?
Your Wix website is not compliant with the cookie laws unless you make it compliant. You need to meet the requirements prescribed in the applicable cookie and data protection laws.
GDPR, ePrivacy Directive, LGPD, and other data protection laws which prescribe rules about cookies and tracking technologies require a proactive approach by businesses. You have to comply from day one, or you’ll face penalties.
What do EU cookie laws require from websites?
The EU cookie laws — GDPR and ePrivacy Directive — require websites to refrain from using cookies before the user consents to them. In addition, they need total transparency from businesses about their data privacy practices.
EU cookie laws require the following elements:
- The categories of personal data you collect
- Why you collect the data
- How you collect the data
- With whom you share data, and why
- Data subject rights and how to exercise them
- Data transfer information (Privacy Shield 2.0)
- Data retention information
- Information about the Data Protection Officer, if any.
- Information on children’s information, if applicable.
- Your contact information
This information is enough for compliance.
What are the EU cookie laws requirements?
Wix cookie compliance with EU cookie laws requires a cookie banner to obtain users’ consent and store their responses.
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The consent must be:
- Freely given
- Easily withdrawn
Read our blog for a simplified breakdown of the latest EDPB Cookie Consent Guidelines for an in-depth overview of the requirements.
- What you collect and process
- With whom you share the personal information
- How you respond to “Do Not Track Signals.”
- Whether other parties may collect personal information about an individual all over the internet.
- Information on consumer rights
- The methods designated for submitting consumer requests and consumer verification methods
- What you have collected about consumers in the preceding 12 months, as well as categories of sources of information
- Detailed information if your business discloses (shares) personal information with third parties or sells personal information
- If you process the personal information of more than 10 Million consumers, the metrics about the received and answered consumer requests
- Information on the sales of personal information of consumers under 16 years of age, if any.
- Your contact information
- Date of the last update of the policy
What are the CCPA cookie requirements?
However, if the CCPA applies to you, you need to let users opt out of the data sales.
- Identity of the data controller, i.e., the business
- Why data is being collected and processed
- With whom the data is shared
- Responsibilities of the agents that will carry out the processing
- The data subject’s rights
- Type and duration of the data processing
This is just the minimum necessary information. You can add more information for better transparency if you wish so.
What are the LGPD cookie requirements?
The consent needs to be:
- Given in writing (this includes electronically, such as by clicking the ACCEPT COOKIES button)
- Freely given
- Easily withdrawn
Why do I need to store users’ consent?
Storing users’ consent is essential for Wix cookie compliance for two main reasons:
- A user may submit a data subject request. If asked about their consent, you’ll need to prove that you have asked for the consent and you have obtained it lawfully.
- The data protection authority may inspect your records. You want to avoid fines and other penalties, so it is best to have your records set in order if the enforcement agency knocks on your door.
How do WordPress and Wix cookie compliance differ?
There is no difference between Wix and WordPress cookie compliance requirements. The requirements pertain to the business itself, not the platform where the website is built. Moreover, both platforms are only providers of tools to build a business and do not promise compliance or take responsibility for that.
How can my Wix website comply with the GDPR and other cookie laws?
Start by creating a data map of how your data flows within your organization. If you are just a small business or a one-person business, then make a list of your third-party providers and
We also provide a cookie consent banner to comply with data protection law. The rules prescribed in legal documents are embedded in the cookie solution, so when you choose compliance with GDPR, CCPA, LGPD, or another law, the cookie solution adjusts accordingly to ensure your compliance. You need to insert a small code snippet on your website, configure it according to the applicable laws, and start collecting the necessary consent for data processing. Adding custom code to the cookie banner can also improve the UX design of the cookie banner - and that’s available with Secure Privacy.
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