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Does my website need a cookies consent pop up?
- AuthorJulia Seary
In terms of data, a cookie is a text file with the ability to track your activity across the internet and applications so, for example, if you were to search ‘fluffy slippers’ on Amazon, the chances are that the next time you login to Facebook you will to see adverts for fluffy slippers on your newsfeed.
The ICO states that to be properly compliant you must now:
- tell people the cookies are there – both Necessary Cookies and Analytics Cookies;
- explain what the cookies are doing and why;
- get the person’s consent to store any Analytics Cookies on their device.
The easiest way of doing this is to get a web developer to set up a cookies’ consent bar similar to the one pictured, which briefly explains why and how you are using cookies, acknowledges the automatic use of Necessary Cookies, along with the option to switch off Analytics Cookies.
Once the user has saved their preferences, the pop up box won’t come up again when they return to your website on that device, unless you have set it to do so.
Should you need any assistance in updating your website policies regarding cookies or otherwise, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.