The following information can help a website owner give greater details about their own cookies that what is even required by local or EU law. Extra information might need to be given for extra legal protection or just to give customers heads up for the sake of good ethical practice. Having more legal documents can be a pain to readers, but many want to know more about what they are getting into if they are transmitting personal data.
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations insist that most cookies request consent from a user even if the user controls permissions automatically through browser settings. Whenever the user enters personal data, the user must be notified whenever that data is being processed for a particular purpose.
Cookies fall into four categories:
- Those that are Strictly Necessary and are essential to the function and speed of a website. User-requested services also fall into this category.
- Performance Cookies collect data about a web browser and use that data to relay information about website performance.
- Functionality Cookies remember user selections and help to avoid redundant decision making during repeat visits.
- Advertising Cookies remember user choices for the purpose of picking advertisements that are tailored to a user’s profile. Collecting data about browsing behavior might be considered intrusive and is not essential to a website’s function.