Do I Need a Cookie Banner for My Website?

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A cookie consent banner is the cookie warning that pops up on websites when a user first visits the site.

 

Who needs a cookie consent banner?

Websites or blogs with visitors from the European Union need a cookie banner to stay on the good side of European Union regulations.

That’s technically true not for every single website, but considering the popularity of tools like Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, social media share buttons and others, there’s a good chance that your website uses at least some tracking cookies.

The European Union’s rules on cookies have been originally adopted in 2011 and then expanded with the GDPR in 2018. It requires clear and informed consent from visitors in order to use cookies that track user data.

It is not sufficient to have a cookie notice merely state that the website uses cookies, websites must give their users a choice of prior consent.

 

What are the EU requirements for cookie banners?

  • Give visitors an opportunity to opt-in and opt-out of any type of cookie
  • Get visitors consent (usually in the form of a cookie banner) before collecting the data
  • Keep records of all the collected consents
  • Allow visitors to withdraw their data which they have given consent to be collected for
  • Delete visitors’ data upon their request

Unless you are equipped with a technology that can scan and find all cookies and then present your website visitors with a cookie banner to obtain their prior consent, you cannot protect your end-users from privacy infringements and data abuse.

How can you find and control all cookies and trackers on your website, as required by the European GDPR, then?

A cookie consent banner can be easily created using a consent management solution such as Iubenda, which allows you to create your custom version through an intuitive cookie banner generator.

Keep in mind that in order to be fully compliant you must also link to an accurate privacy policy.

 

Nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice. It is always advised to consult with a legal professional to ensure you comply with your local law.

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