Check your website cookies - and if you need a cookie compliance tool

Nowadays as GDPR and CCPA are finally kicking into gear it's ever more important to know your website and making sure you follow the latest updates. The tool will scan for the most common cookies - and only from your front-page.

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Frequently asked questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions asked about GDPR and Cookie consent management. If we have missed an important question, send us a message and we'll answer it immediately.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation that controls how companies handle personal data. How do you collect and store consent and data? With cookies.

To be GDPR compliant, consent as to how one’s personal data is processed must be freely given, specific, and unambiguous. The person giving consent must be informed about the data collection and be able to confirm their choices in an obvious manner (like ticking on a box).

- GDPR, Recital 32.

What are cookies?

Cookies are what online services use to store user data on their own devices. When you enter a website and have to choose between “allow all cookies”, “don’t allow cookies”, or “customize your choices” by ticking on boxes. This will let your website know whether or not it can store visitor's personal data and what kind of data can be stored.

Cookies are used so that a visitor can be identified as the same visitor on different visits to the website. A cookie can be generated when someone browses your website, adds a product to your cart, and puts their information in a contact form. 

How many types of cookies can your website collect?

There are 3 basic types of cookies: strictly necessary cookies, functional cookies, and marketing cookies.

Strictly necessary cookies are needed to ensure the basic function of a website. For example, when you are adding a product to your cart, securely signing in, or paying bills online. It is the only type of cookie that is allowed by law to be collected without consent. However, users must still be informed of its presence and why it is being collected.

Functional cookies are needed for analytics tools to function on your website. For example, your Google Analytics and Hotjar tools.

Marketing cookies record your visit to a website, the pages you have visited, and the links you have followed. It is used to make website content and advertising more personalized to your interests. Your data may also be shared with third parties for this purpose. For example, your Facebook Pixel, which allows you to retarget website visitors on Facebook.

Are you collecting cookies correctly?

These are some of the latest GDPR updates (not all) on consent management and cookies:

1. You should be able to say no as easily as you can say yes
2. You should be able to withdraw consent as easily as giving consent
3. Cookies must be classified and described
4. The cookie mechanism must not block access
5. An entry log must be kept from cookie selections
6. Pre-ticked boxes are not “freely-given” consent
7. Cookie notice that said “by using this site, you accept cookies.” is not valid consent.

How easy is it to comply with GDPR?

Now that you know what is required to be GDPR compliant, even though it looks like a lot, it’s actually very easy to do it correctly with the Serviceform’s GDPR Cookie Controller! It will help you handle your customer data correctly, keep track of visitors' cookie selections, and use them for the right purpose.

Serviceform GDPR Cookie Controller is lawyer-approved, constantly updated with the latest GDPR, and translatable to any language.

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