Cookie Consent Banner
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- Why have a Cookie Banner?
- What is a Cookie Banner?
- How Does A Cookie Banner Work?
- Do I Need A Cookie Banner?
- What is EU Cookie Banner?
- What is GDPR Cookie Consent?
- What is GDPR Cookie Banner?
- Can Cookie Banners Appear Only To EU Visitors?
- Will Your Cookie Banners Prevent Cookies Prior To Getting Consent?
- Can I Customize The Design Of Our Cookie Banners?
- Can I Manage Cookie Consent?
- Do I Need To Record All The Cookie Consents?
- Secure Privacy for Cookie Consent Banner
- How Can I Record And Store All The Cookies Consents I Get?
- How Do I Get Started?
Why have a Cookie Consent Banner?
A Cookie Banner is a tool used to comply with the EU cookie law and the GDPR cookie consent requirements. Organizations have to comply with the requirements of the EU cookie law as well as the requirements for consent provided under the GDPR. Failing to comply with these laws may lead to hefty fines.
Secure Privacy’s customers use the Secure Privacy Cookie Consent Banners to comply with the EU cookie law and the GDPR cookie consent requirements. The rules of the EU cookie laws are embedded in our cookie banner solution, making GDPR and ePrivacy compliance effortless for businesses that need to request and obtain cookie consent from users.
What is a Cookie Banner?
How Does A Cookie Consent Banner Work?
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 consent banners serve little to no purpose.
Do I Need A Cookie Consent 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. GDPR compliant cookie consent has to comply with consent requirements set forth within the GDPR.
You can scan your website for GDPR and ePrivacy compliance with Secure Privacy.
What is EU Cookie Banner?
What is GDPR Cookie Consent?
GDPR cookie consent implies the consent requirements for collecting personal data through online identifiers such as cookies and trackers. GDPR sets out four conditions in order for consent to be valid. Accordingly, consent has to be freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous. Further, GDPR provides additional consent requirements which are proof of consent and withdrawal of consent.
What is GDPR Cookie Banner?
GDPR cookie banner refers to the GDPR compliant cookie consent banner which must have certain features. The GDPR cookie banner should give users a choice to choose whether to opt-in for cookie usage and be user-friendly. GDPR compliant cookie banner must:
- Not have any pre-ticked boxes or “on” sliders for non-essential cookies. GDPR Recital 32 explicitly states that pre-ticked boxes should not constitute consent. It was also included in the EDPB guidelines on consent. Further, in 2019, the European Union’s Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that using pre-ticked consent boxes for cookie placement is invalid (The Planet49 Case).
In this case, the court decided that Planet49 violated the GDPR just because they had the checkboxes for giving consent for several specific purposes pre-ticked. It was a clear signal for businesses worldwide that they should let users take affirmative action in checking the boxes when giving consent.
In other cases, it is enough to provide an option for managing cookies besides the Accept button. From there, users can choose which cookies to accept and which to refuse. Remember that the checkboxes must not be pre-ticked.
- Have a feature to be able to give granular consent for different types of processing. GDPR recital 32 states that when the processing has multiple purposes, consent should be given for all of them. Accordingly, in order to be in compliance with the GDPR cookie consent requirements, a website banner must provide a feature for giving separate consent for each category of processing. A general consent for all purposes is not valid. This was also set forth within the EDPB guidelines on consent.
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 as you can see on the image below
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. You have full control over the look of the cookie banners.
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.
Do I Need To Record All The Cookie Consents?
Yes, every time you get a visitor´s cookie consent, you are also required to record and store it. Cookie banners are the quickest and most informative way to get cookie consent.
The GDPR sets particularly high standards for consent recording. You are required to obtain a positive opt-in for each data collection purpose. You can’t rely on pre-ticked boxes and visitor passiveness. Instead, you must display empty boxes for each data collection purpose and ask the user to select those they agree with. If permission is granted you are then allowed to inject cookies into their computers, given that you document and store their consent.
If a user asks to withdraw their consent, you must make the opt-out as easy as the opt-in. Upon request, you have to remove their consent from the records. Good cookie consent management makes this process effortless.
Secure Privacy for Cookie Consent Banner
Secure Privacy provides a cookie consent management tool in order to comply with EU cookie law and fulfill the consent requirements of the GDPR. You can also customize your website banners to your liking and enjoy beautiful cookie banners.
How Can I Record And Store All The Cookies Consents I Get?
With Secure Privacy, this process is fully automated. As soon as the cookie banner shows up and the visitor gives their consent, it is recorded and stored in compliance with privacy laws. As soon as they withdraw consent, it is removed from the records. There is no action required by you.