Thus in order to comply with GDPR, your website should have a proper cookie consent form which abides by all the laws put forward by GDPR. Now you might be asking the most obvious question? What are the requirements of a GDPR compliant cookie consent form?
By reading this article, you will get an insight into the most important factors you should consider while setting up a cookie consent form/cookie consent bar for your website.
Importance of a Cookie Consent Form
A cookie consent form is what notifies users regarding the presence of cookies on a website for the first time. Majority of users may not be even aware of what a cookie is, thus it should be informative and at the same time short and precise as to invite the attention of users.
Requirements of a GDPR Compliant Cookie Consent
A GDPR compliant consent form should be created keeping in mind all the factors given below.
1. There shouldn't be any pre-ticked columns in it.
It was a common practice before GDPR to employ pre-ticked columns on the cookie consent form and assuming user's consent for cookies by that denying the right of the user to have control over their personal data. The GDPR EU cookie law has clearly stated in it to remove such columns from websites.
2. Short and precise
The consent form should only have relevant details in it thus keeping it short and easily grabbing the attention of its users. But it must contain in it the below-given details.
- They can opt-out of cookies if they prefer.
- Add a link or provide information to users on where they should go for making changes on consent given or denied.
3. Shouldn't be of implied consent.
4. Clear and straightforward language.
The message should be easily understandable to users so they are able to make a fair decision as to enable or disable cookies to whether or not allowing it on the website.
5. Allow Pop-ups
If users aren't interested in allowing or denying consent right when they open a site, you can always remind them by allowing pop-ups on the website. By clicking on the pop-up window users will be able to go to the cookie consent bar again.
Following all these strictly will definitely help you achieve compliance. Still, it can't be considered as a legal document to claim compliance of cookies. There might be many other actions required depending on the type of cookies present on your website. So you should be aware of all the cookies that are active on your site and about the data they store to take effective step towards compliance.