Cookies Privacy Policy

What is a cookie policy?


A cookie policy is a declaration to your users on what cookies are active on your website, what user data they track, for what purpose, and where in the world this data is sent.

Also, a cookie policy should contain information on how your users may opt out of the cookies or change their settings in regard to the cookies on your website.

Many website owners choose to incorporate the cookie policy as a section of their privacy policy.

The privacy policy is a document, usually a page on the website, in which all of the methods and purposes of the data processing activities on the site are outlined, including contact forms, mailing lists etc.

Cookies are a potential privacy risk, because they are able to track, store and share user behaviour.

Whereas most of the remaining privacy policy may be static, the cookies used on a website are dynamic and might change often. Therefore, an adequate cookie policy should be regularly updated to make sure that the information is accurate.

How does the EU cookie law 2018 affect my cookie policy?

The EU law on personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR), gives website visitors the right to receive specific, up-to date information on what data is registered about them at all times, for what purpose, and where in the world it is sent (along with the possibility to prevent it from happening).

These rules affect your cookie policy as well as your cookie notification, your cookie consent and your documentation of consents.

The law means that you need a proper cookie policy on your website, containing specific, accurate, and up to date information on the website’s use of cookies and the users’ options of accepting and rejecting them.

Requirements for my cookie policy

Your cookie policy should state:

  • What types of cookies are set,
  • How long they persist on your user’s browser,
  • What data they track,
  • For what purpose (functionality, performance, statistics, marketing, etc.),
  • Where the data is sent and with whom it is shared,
  • How to reject cookies, and how to subsequently change the status regarding the cookies.

What is the difference between the cookie policy and the privacy policy?

The cookie policy deals specifically with the use of cookies on your site, whereas the privacy policy is a general document regarding all of the data processes on a website, including contact forms, mailing lists, etc.

Often, the cookie policy is integrated as a part of the privacy policy of a website or an app. Arguably, it is the most challenging part. At the heart of this is the nature of cookies:

    • Firstly, cookies tend to change often. This means that the policy, having to be updated and correct, also must be revised accordingly.
    • Secondly, cookies operate out of sight. Most website owners don’t even know themselves, what cookies are in operation on their own website.
    • Thirdly, the majority of the cookies in operation on a website are usually set by third parties, i.e. have another provenance than the website itself.

Therefore, it can be hard to have a complete overview at all times of the cookies in operation on your website, what information they gather, for what purpose, and where in the world the data goes to.

Read more about cookies in our introduction Internet Cookies – What are they and what do they do?

The easiest way to ensure full control over your cookies, and to be sure that you have an accurate and updated cookie policy for your website, is to get a GDPR-compliant cookie solution, where the cookie policy is integrated with the actual monitoring of cookies on your website.

With Cookiebot, the monthly report from the cookie scan can with a few lines of JavaScript be integrated as an automatically updated part of your privacy policy or cookie policy, guaranteeing that they always are up to date and accurate.

Cookiebot is one of the only fully GDPR-compliant cookie solutions on the market.

We enable you to take care of all that is cookie-related on your website, so that you can have peace of mind, knowing that your website complies with the regulations.