How a cookie policy works for a company?


In simple terms, a cookie policy is the place where you list to your website visitors the active cookies there, the user data being tracked, the purposes of these activities, and the place all this data is being sent.

Another important point for a cookie policy is the information on how visitors can either opt out of these cookies or change their chosen settings regarding your website cookies.

The simplest thing to do is to add this cookie policy as an extra section of a website privacy policy.

This is another important document. The privacy policy is a page where a webmaster outlines all purposes and methods of data collection and processing, such as mailing lists, blog comments, contact forms, and so on.

Cookies represent a privacy risk. After all, they allow others to track, store, and even share user behavior.

While a normal privacy policy is mostly static, website cookies are dynamic and change often. This is why you should review and update your website cookie policy regularly, ensuring the information is alwaysaccurate.

How Is My Cookie Policy Affected By The 2018 EU Cookie Law?

The General Data Protection Regulation is an European Union law that gives your visitors the right to know specific and updated information on all data is registered about them, at any time they wish, as

well as the purpose of the data collection and where this data is sent. Finally, the user has the right ti prevent all of this from happening.

These are important ramifications to your website cookie policy, notification, consent, and consent's documentation.

This EU law requires you to have a proper cookie policy on your site. This policy should list information that is updated, specific, and accurate on how cookies are used, as well as the visitor's options to accept or reject them.

Cookie Policy Requirements

A cookie policy should clearly state:

  • The types of cookies being set,
  • How long such cookies stay on your visitor's browser,
  • The data being tracked with the cookies,
  • The purpose they serve (marketing, website performance and statistics, functionality, and so on),
  • Who receives this data and where it is sent,
  • How to change cookie options and also how to reject them.

Are There Differences Between A Privacy Policy And A Cookie Policy?

A cookie policy is specific to your website cookies. A privacy policy has the larger purpose regarding all data processing that happens in your website - e.g. mailing lists, contact form, blog comments, photo uploads, etc.

A cookie policy might as well be a section of your website or app privacy policy. This is often the most delicate and challenging section because of the very nature of cookies:

  • First of all, cookies change frequently. In consequence, the cookie policy needs frequent updating and
  • Second, cookies are not seen. Newbie webmasters might not even be aware of which cookies operate
    in their own website,
  • Third, most cookies