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GDPR is the EU General Data Protection Regulation framework and is somewhat complex, so I’ll say for the moment go and google it but I liked both of the following sites https://eugdpr.org and https://smartblogger.com/gdpr
This post will look at how you can tell if your website is serving cookies.
How to tell if the site is compliant.
What you can do to make your WordPress website GDPR cookie compliant.
When you know things like how long your cookies last, what purpose they serve, and, where the data they generate is being sent, you can write an informed cookie or privacy polic.
Step by step instructions
How to tell if your site is your site using Cookies.
1; Start by opening a Browser. In this case, we’re using Firefox but Google Chrome and Safari (and others) also have options to look at cookies.
2; Next, browse to the site that you want to inspect. In the image below there is an icon that looks like a shield with a diagonal line through it next to the green padlock icon. If you hover over it with the mouse it’ll show a text block describing what has been identified. In this
There are a number of ways to show cookies but the simplest and quickest way (for Firefox) is to right
You can get to the same place by left
Once the web console is open, select “Storage” and click the drop
There is also a lot of other information within the cookie itself such as usernames and other ID information which have implications for GDPR. In any case at this point we know that the website is setting cookies, so how do we tell if it’s compliant.
How to tell if a website is GDPR cookie compliant.
3; To tell if the site is compliant with GDPR as far as cookies are concerned, it’s possible to have it scanned by a number of sources. I used cookiebot.com and they have a free plan for small sites. Add your website details to their website checking tool and then click the “Check My Website” button.
4; Add your email address and choose w
5; They’ll send a confirmation link to the email address you used. If you confirm the email, they will offer a cookiebot trial for free, but you can just wait for the test to complete at this point.
6; Ouch! Well, at least now we can be sure we’re not compliant. The email shows that we’re not asking for prior consent for “necessary cookies” e-privacy regulations (ePR) and we’re not asking for prior consent for personal data (GDPR) cookies, but at least the data is being sent to ‘adequate countries’, in this case, the USA.
From the Cookie Scan Report, we also know that the server location is in the UK.
Most of the cookies are for statistical analysis with just one being used for marketing. We can also tell that all the cookies are generated for google analytics and that two are session cookies. Two last for a day and one lasts for two years. The report also tells us which cookies have not had prior consent, which is all of them in this case.
How to make your WordPress website GDPR cookie compliant.
Most of the plugins at least perform the basic functions of requesting the required prior consent and blocking cookies until the consent has been
Since we’ve had a scan done by Cookiebot and were suitably impressed by the results we’re going to install their WordPress plugin which has good reviews, over 30,000 installs and is compatible with our version of WordPress.
Select Plugins>Add New and use the Keyword search to look for ‘cookiebot’, you may prefer to use another plugin, in that
8; Activate the plugin from the ‘Installed Plugins’ page.
9; Select Cookiebot>Settings.
10; Click on sign up for free at Cookiebot.com to get a Cookiebot ID.
11; Create the Cookiebot account.
12; Click next and Cookiebot will send an email so you can confirm the email. Click on the “Click Here” link to complete the registration process.
13; Log in to the account as the last step to complete the registration.
Configuring the Cookiebot Plugin
14; Click the link to “configure Cookiebot”
15; Add in the Domain Name in the “Domains” tab and select your preferred language in the “Content” tab and then click
16; Click the lower “Preview” icon to see the cookie declaration.
17; Click the upper “Preview” button to see a preview of the consent dialogue. You can change the default selected boxes under the “Dialogue” tab
18; From the “Your Scripts” tab, change the Cookie Blocking Mode to Auto and save.
19; Go back to the WordPress admin Dashboard to complete the Cookiebot settings.
Paste in the Cookiebot ID, choose the default language. Do take note that we also set the language in the Cookiebot administration tool in step 15. Set “Cookie Blocking Mode” to auto. Choose whether or not to auto-upgrade and hide the popup in the WordPress admin panel and click save changes.
20; Now browse to Cookiebot>Prior Consent and select enable for the GA Google Analytics Plugin.
21; Visiting the site will now produce a slide down cookie consent notification. Clicking on “Show Details” will open a further drop-down box showing the “Cookie Declaration”. In the expanded drop
22; So that completes making the website at least cookie compliant. To add the cookie declaration as a web page you can copy the script from the Cookiebot management page “Your Scripts” tab to a new WordPress page. You can see the location of the script in the graphic below.
23; From the WordPress dashboard, select Pages and click the “Add New” button.
Left-click the three dots near the top right of the page and then select Code Editor. The page will change to allow typing or pasting in
Type in a title and then paste the cookie declaration script into the next paragraph an
That brings us to the end of this post and we’ve now got a site which is GDPR compliant for cookies, allows visitors to choose their own multilevel cookie settings, and change their preferences. The consent is stored
To cut a long story short, the summary
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