CCPA Cookie Consent
The EU’s regulations on personal data collection and processing are perhaps the world’s strictest. However, the US followed suit and introduced the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a state-wide data privacy law.
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Are cookies personal information under CCPA?
Cookies are classified as ‘unique identifiers,’ which is part of personal information. Information collected by cookies can be used to identify users or the devices linked to them.
Therefore, like GDPR, the CCPA also regulates the use of website cookies.
Does CCPA require cookie consent?
The CCPA does not require that a business obtain user consent for collecting and processing their personal information. However, if they collect and sell the personal information of users to third parties, it must give users the right to opt-out of the sale of personal information.
Consent is necessary for certain circumstances like information transfer or collecting and using the personal information of minors (below 16 years of age).
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Is cookie consent required in the US?
The US had other privacy laws like Virginia CDPA for protecting the rights and interests of Virginia residents. It also does not require consent for data processing unless its sensitive data or for purposes other than what was disclosed to users.
Another possibility where cookie consent is required in the US if the US-based website provides products and services to EU residents and collects and processes their personal data via cookies. In that case, the site has to comply with the GDPR cookie consent requirements.
What are the requirements for CCPA compliance for cookies?
Opt-in or asking consent isn’t mandatory unless you cater to consumers under the age of 16 years old.
To comply with CCPA for cookies, it is necessary to follow these practices:
- Provide “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link on the consent banner for opting out of the sale of personal information (also on the website, preferably in the footer).
- Wait at least 12 months before notifying about cookies again if the user opts out.
How do I enable CCPA compliance for cookies?
Setting up CCPA compliance for cookies requires you to first identify the type of cookies your website uses. If you use non-essential cookies that collect and sell personal information and track users, you must let users opt-out of it.
You can set up a consent banner or pop-up on your website to inform about cookies and provide the opt-out option. The banner, as stated above, must inform users about cookies and their purpose in easy-to-understand language.
Setting up a CCPA-complying cookie notification is not easy. However, you can automate it using a free consent management platform like CookieYes. CookieYes is a web application for collecting and managing cookie consent on your website. With the application, you can cater to all the requirements of the CCPA for cookies using its host of features.
CookieYes cookie consent manager offers the following features:
- Easy integration with WordPress and other major CMS such as Shopify, Wix, Squarespace, etc.
- Fully customizable consent notice
- Cookie scanning and auto-categorization of cookies
- Auto-blocking of third-party cookies before consent
- Do Not Sell My Personal Information (editable) link on banner.
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