With passing of law 2009/136/ec the DDPR (general data protection regulation) raised a policy, stating that all websites from the European Union must notify it's website visitors that their cookies were being tracked by that website. Therefore, it is essential now that website owners who either live in the European Union or have some traffic coming from the European Union, comply with the new 'cookie law'. Unless you have a small business only operating in a country outside of the EU, you will need a cookie consent popup. In order to comply, you must have a cookie consent popup that is displayed on the front of your website. It must give the visitor the option to accept or decline cookies. There are many options available to website users to get their own cookie consent popup. Here is my best suggestion for users who use the WordPress platform. Its free and easy to do in 5 simple steps. So here is how to add the cookie consent popup to your website.
[Disclaimer] This is not legal advice, I am not trained in any form of law/compliance. I am not associated or affiliated with any plugin. I am purely doing this to be helpful and raise awareness.
Click here to find out more about the EU cookie law on my blog post on digital bloggers platform.
Log into your WordPress account and click on the Plugins section. Hit Search and type ‘Cookie Consent’
At time of writing, GDPR cookie Consent is the first plugin that pops up. It has over 500 000 active installations and 4.5 review. Click on install now, then activate.
NOTE: I originally first installed ‘Cookie notice for GDPR’ but I could not customize the color of the buttons to match the theme of my website, therefore, I ended up deleting it.
Click on update Settings for the plugin.
Click the next tab across to customize your cookie bar
This step is the most important. Click on customize buttons
The first tab is for accept, so just fill it out as normal. The next tab is the reject button that allows users to decline having their cookies tacked. The DDPR now stipulates that the visitor must be given the option to reject having their cookies tracked. A lot of plugins or websites I’ve checked out only give the notification that cookies are being tracked, this is no longer compliant.
Lastly, click save at the bottom (don’t worry about the advanced tab). Refresh your website and check out your new cookie consent popup. Make sure to test it out and make sure its working correctly and your all done. Here’s a picture of how my cookie consent popup looks.
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