However, most sites set cookies to operate before obtaining consent. They start collecting user data before permission is granted, risking getting fined as well as losing credibility as a company. Their cookie banners serve little to no purpose.
Do I need a cookie banner?
You need a cookie banner if you collect data from European Union visitors. In general, only EU laws require cookies banners, which means you have a duty to show them only to your EU visitors. However, since you can’t control who visits your website and you most likely use tracking technologies (Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, HubSpot, plugins, social media buttons), it is wise to have a cookie banner to protect yourself.
The EU first regulated this matter with the ePrivacy Directive in 2002, requiring website owners to get consent from their visitors. This was when we started seeing cookie banners all over the internet.
The GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation), which came into effect in May 2018, also requires cookie banners but imposes heavier fines for those who do not comply.
You can scan your website for GDPR and ePrivacy compliance with Secure Privacy.
Can cookie banners appear only to EU visitors?
Yes, they can. Secure Privacy allows you to target only EU visitors with certain cookie banners. You can adjust it by changing the settings.
Will your Cookie Banners prevent cookies from being injected in a computer prior to getting consent?
Yes, you can easily adjust our Cookie Banners to the GDPR requirements. You can use our Prior Consent solution for blocking cookies and tracking technologies. It will prevent you from collecting data before getting valid consent, keeping you compliant with the laws.
Can I customize the design of our Cookie Banners?
Yes, you can. You have absolute control over the cookie banner designs. We offer great templates, but you can easily make changes using CSS.
Can I manage Cookie Consent?
When a Cookie Banner shows on a website and the visitor consents to cookies, you must document their consent and store it in a safe place. The process of documenting and keeping users’ consent is called Cookie Consent Management.
Below are two images illustrating how consents are documented (both accepts and declines) per transaction and with a visual overview.