Website Tips

Do you need a cookie banner?

Do you need a cookie consent banner?

A cookie consent banner and privacy policies are something that are often overlooked. If you’re to ask me whether you should have one on your website, I would say yes, 99% of the time you do. This will just save yourself any hassle and stress of unknowingly breaking any privacy laws.

If you have any visitors from the UK or the EU, the laws around cookie consent apply to you and your website. These laws apply even if you’re located somewhere outside of Europe.

It’s always best to be on the safe side and have a cookie banner and privacy policy even if it’s not required in your country.

What are cookie banners for?

A cookie banner, or cookie pop-up, is a notification that triggers on the first time you enter a new website. This is to inform you, or your visitors, about your website using cookies and to ask them for their consent. Cookies can store your name, email address, pages or items you’ve viewed and more. This helps the people behind the website gather insight about you and the way you use their website so they can update it and provide a better experience for you.

If this is your first time on my website you may have been greeted with a message that looks like this:

On other websites, cookie banners may look different. Here’s an example of one from CookieYes:

Do you need a cookie banner? – Checklist

  • Does your website use any form of cookie? If you’re not sure, then you can perform a free cookie scan with CookieServe by CookieYes.
  • Does your website collect any user data? This can be anything from a contact form/ email contact and a newsletter to payment services (e.g. stripe) or an analytics software (e.g HubSpot or Google Analytics). If you ask your users for any information anywhere on your website, then this will class as ‘collecting user data’.
  • Will anyone from the UK, EU or any country with strict privacy laws potentially visit your website? Even if this is only 1 person.

If your website will have any of the above, then it’s best to have a cookie banner to be on the safe side. Also if your website is targeting a UK audience, you will need to have a cookie opt-in and opt-out like my example above. You aren’t allow to assume consent if a user continues to use your website.

 

Play it safe

Making your website GDPR compliant is one way to gain trust with your visitors and to keep your business operating within the law. It’s easy and free to scan for cookies and generate a cookie banner – this can all be done with CookieYes.