With the GDPR and the ePrivacy Directive that that has prompted all the website out there to add a popup or a banner to notify the users of the cookies that are being used on the website. This is part of the privacy law as it requires websites to be open about the data they collect from their users. The websites have to inform the users about it all in a clear and understandable manner. The websites cannot collect data unless the users have given their explicit consent. And they have to go the extra mile so that they honor all the rights of the users with regards the users' data.
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Why be Concerned ABout Cookies?
See examples of how different website have implemented their cookie banner, read this article: GDPR Cookie Consent Website Examples.
From the perspective of a user, cookies can create a privacy concern. Although cookies are small text files that help provide a better user experience for the users. But some of these cookies are used to store data about the users' behavior which can be used by third-parties for targetted advertising. Tracking the user behavior and recording this information which may contain personally identifiable data can be worrisome for people online.
But all that changes after the GDPR law together with the ePrivacy Directive came into effect. Although GDPR is a European Union law, its effects are seen across the globe. whether or not you have your physical presence in the EU, you are expected to comply with the law of you serve the citizens of the European Union.
For starters, if you are a website owner, you need to find out and list which are the cookies that your website installs. Now, this can be easily found out in a multiple of ways. The very first way is to find them out manually as explained in this article. Now, this may require some of your own time and effort. So you can go for other resources that you can easily find online.
Scan and Identify Cookies
To automatically scan cookies used on the website and list them along with their details you can make use of the tool CookieServe. CookieServe allows you to add the URL of the website and the tool will scan for the cookies in the given URL. After the scan is finished, all the cookies along with the details like the name of the cookie, the domain the cookies are set on, the type of the cookie, and the duration the cookie will be set on the users' device.
Another tool to scan the cookies that are stored on your website is CookieYes. This, however, requires you to register for the service and place a code on the website. After the code has been copied on the website, you can use the application to scan the cookies stored on the website. The application also scans for the scripts that set these cookies and list them to you. So, this enables you to not only find out what cookies are being set but also which of the third-party scripts are responsible for setting that cookies.
CookieYes is not just for the scanning of the website for cookies and scripts. The tool aims to provide an all-round solution for the Cookie Law. It helps to display a cookie banner on websites, take consent from the users and more.