The GDPR and Cookies

The GDPR and Cookies; does my website use cookies?
(And do I have to add a disclaimer?)

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and has implications for businesses and their websites. Most websites use cookies.  The regulations for Cookies are not changing as part of GDPR, but as part of getting ready for GDPR we recommend you include a review of Cookies on your website.

If your website is on WordPress, then it will use Cookies.  Cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, Cookies are designed to make your browsing experience better.

At minimum, the site will use Cookies to enable registered members to log in, so if you can log into WordPress to edit your site or add a blog, it will use a Cookie to recognise you.

Your WordPress site may have some plug-ins; additional code to set up forms, link to social media and collect statistics.  Some or all of these may include Cookies.

How do I know what Cookies are on my site? 
You will need to complete a Cookie audit to be completely sure what Cookies your site uses.  Click here to find out how to conduct an audit

Do I need a Cookie consent box or disclaimer?
The law says that you must tell people on your website if you set Cookies, explain what the Cookies are doing and why, and get the user’s consent to continue using Cookies on their device.  The ICO advice is explicit, read it here

If you are confident a visitor to your site will not result in a Cookie on their machine, you do not need to tell them or ask for their consent.  Some of the simplest websites, that do not analyse traffic or offer links to social media, may not be using Cookies.

Don’t leave this to chance, audit your website and be sure; if your website uses Cookies make sure you are telling visitors and asking for their consent.

If you need any help, please contact us on 01926 350926