The Cookie Consent Law Explained

Cookie Consent law explained What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on a visitor's device when they visit a website. They are often used to remember information about the visitor's preferences and browsing history and can help website owners to provide a more personalised experience for their visitors. For example, cookies can be used to remember a visitor's login information or to keep track of items in a shopping cart. They can also be used to collect data about a visitor's browsing habits, which can be used for a variety of purposes such as targeted advertising.

The law

The cookie consent law is a set of regulations that require websites to obtain consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on a visitor's computer or device. This law is intended to protect the privacy of website visitors and to give them control over their personal data. It typically applies to cookies, which are small pieces of data that are stored on a visitor's device when they visit a website.

What counties does the cookie consent law affect?

The cookie consent law applies to any website that is accessible to users in countries that have enacted such regulations. This currently  includes most countries in the European Union, as well as other countries such as Brazil and Canada. Because cookies can be accessed from any device that is connected to the internet, the law applies to all websites, regardless of where they are located or who operates them. As a result, website owners around the world may be required to comply with the cookie consent law if they have visitors from countries that have enacted such regulations.

How to alert website users that your site uses cookies

There are a few different ways that website owners can alert their users that their site uses cookies. The most common approach is to include a banner or pop-up message on the site that informs users about the use of cookies and provides a link to a privacy policy that explains how the cookies are used. This banner or message should be displayed prominently and should be easy for users to understand.

Another approach is to include information about the use of cookies in the website's privacy policy. The privacy policy should explain what cookies are, why they are used, and how they are managed. It should also provide details about how users can manage their cookie preferences, such as by adjusting their browser settings.

Overall, the key is to make sure that users are aware of the use of cookies on your site and are given the opportunity to learn more about how they are used and how they can manage their preferences. This can help to build trust and ensure that your site is compliant with the cookie consent law.

What we do for our websites

We add a banner and privacy policy page to all the websites we design. Our websites are hosted in the UK and adhere to UK data protection regulations.

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