What is a cookies policy?
A cookies policy is a policy providing website visitors with a thoroughly detailed information on:
- Types of cookies used on the site
- Use of these cookies
- Cookies placement control by users
What should be mentioned in my cookies policy?
Please, remember that this is a serious document that concerns the privacy of your visitors and clients. Thus, when working on the policy consider making use of legal services for your policy, either internal or external.
However, in case you decide to write the policy yourself, below we mention typically used sections for such a document. In general, most cookies related policies notify users of cookies’ use and explain what exactly cookies are. Therefore, the breakdown could be as follows:
- Policy introduction (mention the fact that you are using cookies)
- What are cookies
- What kind of cookies are in use (by you and/or third parties)
- Third-party cookies on your site and their use
- Opt-out possibilities and consequences (what will happen If your users disable cookies in their browsers: It will turn off some of the features of the site OR It won’t affect the user’s experience)
- Where can you find more information about cookies
P.S. It is crucial you avoid ambiguous language in your policy text to assure that everyone can understand the content of your policy.
How should I notify my users about the cookies policy on the site?
Most websites choose to notify visitors by means of pop-up boxes and banner notifications. Visitors are then provided with an option to opt-out (often within that same box or banner).
Top banner pop-ups are hard to miss as they are right in the main line of sight, which makes them so effective and convenient. It is then smart to add the link to the Policy text within that same banner. Finally, request users to consent with by including something such as a clickable “Continue” link, or language that lets a user know that by continuing to use the website, consent will be assumed.
You could also choose to use a general pop-up message on your site, so long as the pop-up box clearly states the purpose of the pop-up message.
Finally, disregard of the chosen method, make sure to make the Cookies Policy easily accessible (on your site). Think about an extra tab or footer area.
- Text of the policy is clear and explains the cookies and their use without any ambiguities and/or confusion
- All third-party cookies usage through your website is explicitly mentioned
- Full text of the policy is freely and easily accessible on the website.