· When you store cookies in the visitor’s browser.
· When you ask for and store personal information, such as name, email, phone, address, etc.
· When you have many external links.
· When you display ads which store cookies in the user’s browser.
· Cookie storing.
· Sharing users’ personal information, relations with third parties, etc.
· Type of displayed advertisements and their connection to third parties.
· Dealing with users’ personal data such as social activity and uploads in the case of crime investigation.
· What information are you collecting?
· How will you use this information?
· What security measures have you taken to protect this information?
· How will you store the information?
· How long will you store the information for?
· Will you share the information with third parties?
· The information will be used to improve the content on the website.
· It is needed for an internal review.
· It will be used to notify users of the latest updates.
· It will be used for contacting customers directly.
· It will be used to protect the website against misuse.
· It will be shared with third parties for marketing.
· It will be used by a successor if the website ownership changes.
When we talk about cookies we don’t mean the ones in the jar, they all got stolen by the cookie monster anyways. Website Cookies have their own EU regulation you need to comply with. All websites which are targeted at EU citizens fall under the Cookie Law. This EU Directive was adopted by all EU countries in 2011, whereas the UK updated its own Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
In brief, the Cookie Law requires all websites to obtain their visitors’ consent to store or retrieve information on any web-connected device (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.). The Cookie Law aims to protect online privacy by informing users that their personal information is being collected by certain websites they visit and giving them the freedom to allow or reject this practice.
· Conduct a Cookie Audit – this is a scan that will tell you all about the type of cookies your website sets, what are they used for and who’s controlling the data they store. Here is a little hint: often, it’s not even you. It’s a third party.
· Obtain your users consent and give them some guidance and control.
Cookies are often regarded as the short-term memory of the web – stored in your browser they help a site “remember” certain bits of information between visits and pages. Mostly used for improving the web experience, cookies save time and effort. They are responsible for automatically logging you into a website when you return, remembering text size preferences, the auto filling of forms and more useful website magic.