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Cookie consent banners are small pop-up notifications that appear on the first visit to a web page. It displays information about the cookies the page will load and takes user consent before loading them. In this article, you will find some examples of GDPR cookie consent examples. Before that, let’s look at the types of commonly used cookie consent banners and also, why you need them in the first place and GDPR’s role in it.
Types of Cookie Consent Banners
There are different types of cookie consent banners that you can use on your website. It depends on if or what user data you collect and how you seek consent from users. Broadly they can be classified as:
This type of banner is used only to notify the website users about the cookies that are in use. However, they do not ask for user consent.
This type of banner notifies the users about the cookies the site will use and only loads them if they accept. The users can choose what cookies they do not want the site to load. If the users select accept without making any choice, the page will load all the cookies by default.
This type of banner provides users the option to set their cookie preference, i.e., they can explicitly choose the type of cookies the site should load. Only the cookies that the users have selected will load upon their confirmation. Some of them have a reject button, choosing which will load only the necessary cookies.
Why You Need Cookie Consent Banners?
The need for cookie consent banners is not a recent development. The ePrivacy Directive (ePD), introduced in 2002 and known as the EU Cookie Law, requires websites to display cookie banners to let users know of the cookie usage. However, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), consent became a hot topic. It mandated that the organizations (or websites) should obtain prior consent from the users before collecting and using their personal data.
GDPR only mentions cookie once. However, it states that a website must have a clear and concise consent policy, and the user must be aware of what and how the site will use their personal data. Websites must obtain explicit consent from them in such cases, and a secure opt-in and opt-out options should be available.
Under GDPR, consent must be freely given, specific, informed, unambiguous, and revocable. If you fail to acknowledge any of these conditions, then the consent will be considered invalid, and you have violated GDPR. Learn more about GDPR consent requirements here.
- Take prior consent from users before loading them;
- Give precise information about the intended purpose;
- Provide an option to deny consent to use them;
- Provide user-friendly opt-in and opt-out options;
- Allow access to website content that may not use the cookies that the users denied.
ePD exempts strictly necessary cookies as they are essential for improving user experience and website functioning.
So, to comply with the data protection laws and avoid any legal trouble, it is mandatory to use cookie consent banners on your website.
GDPR Cookie Consent Banner Requirements
To comply with GDPR and ePD, you should keep in mind the following points for your cookie consent banner:
- Use clear and understandable language.
- Explain what types of cookies are used or will be used.
- Provide an opt-out option for such cookies.
- Clearly explain what their actions, such as setting changes, opt-in, and opt-out, will mean.
- The banner should be readily available any time the users want to change their cookie preference or withdraw consent.
GDPR Cookie Consent Banner Examples
Many websites strictly follow the GDPR (and ePD) standards for the usage of their cookies. Here are some of the GDPR cookie consent examples:
The Times UK
The Times UK uses a detailed footer banner that provides links to its policies and a ‘Purposes/Features’ button to manage the cookie consent. It lists the type of cookies the site will use. Each one has a toggle switch that you can activate if you wish.
The Guardian’s banner pops up at the bottom of the website. It includes links to the policies and provides a ‘My options’ link to change your cookie preferences.
F C Barcelona
CookieYes is a cloud-based solution to make your website comply with GDPR for the usage of cookies. You can implement cookie banners on your website in minutes! There are fully customizable banners, and you can choose between various consent types. You can also manage user consent for loading cookies and block scripts to implement prior consent before loading cookies. All it takes is to create a free account. This setup guide will walk you through the installation process. For further information or questions about CookieYes, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org