If your business is selling in the European market and/or targeting EU citizens, you are required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR.
One of the most important requirements of the GDPR is that if your site uses non-functional cookies, you should show your visitors a Cookie consent banner on the website notifying them about your website’s cookie usage, and you should add a
The cookie consent banner should at least contain:
- 1. Some short info about the cookie usage
- 3. Option to either decline or accept cookie usage
Additionally, the Cookie banner should only allow (non-functional) cookies to be placed after the visitor has given consent. Until then, the placing of cookies should be blocked.
All these elements are taken care of when using Complianz | GDPR Cookie Consent, either the Free or Premium version, although you can customise to your needs. If you do this manually, or by using another tool, you can follow the guidelines below to get a good cookie banner.
1. Short info about Cookie usage
In your cookie consent banner, you should add information regarding cookie usage. Is the website using cookies, if so, why? A brief explanation is enough, as long as it’s obvious to website visitors that you would like to place cookies.
3. Option to Decline or Accept
An option that many website admins forget to implement: The option to decline. In your cookie consent banner you have to give the visitor the option to decline cookie placement. It is not even allowed to place (non-functional) cookies without consent! By default, no cookies should be placed, only after explicit consent is given.
Buttons can be named “Accept” and “Deny” for example, or “Yes” / “No”. As long as it’s obvious that cookies can be rejected and accepted.
4. Block cookies until consent is given
This is something that is conveniently forgotten in most cookie banner tools. In WordPress, this can be a bit complex as there are many plugins, which all place cookies. You’ll have to integrate your cookie placing scripts with your cookie banner to make sure this works in a GDPR compliant way. If you use Complianz GDPR we have made this very easy by integrating this completely in the plugin, and shipping a list of third-party services which should get blocked, like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etcetera.