In this article, I’ll show you how your website can become cookie compliant without losing all your analytics data.
After reading, you’ll know:
- How to become cookie compliant on your website.
- How to keep analytics data with Google Consent Mode.
- What the rules on cookies are.
How to become cookie compliant – GDPR checklist
Let’s get straight to it.
Checklist for collecting
valid consent to cookies
But won’t you lose all our analytics data? No, here’s why.
Become cookie compliant and keep data with Google Consent Mode
Google has developed Google Consent Mode and Conversion Modeling to get around the issue of losing data when GDPR compliant.
Yes, the world of tracking has changed over the past years with strong GDPR enforcements and Google’s third-party cookie phase-out.
But! Tracking is still possible.
First, be transparent about data collection and the use of your visitors’ data. Our experience tells us, that websites that put all cards on the table get higher % of consents that those who don’t.
Second, even if your visitor rejects cookies, Google will still provide your Google Ads and Google Analytics with aggregated data.
Then you can still see if a blog post is performing well or which campaign drove the most sales, but you cannot retarget the specific visitor in the same way as before.
If you want to know more about how to become cookie compliant but keep your analytics data, then see these two posts about Google Consent Mode and Conversion Modeling.
What does a compliant cookie banner look like?
Important thing is that you ask for consent, and that you allow the user not to give consent.
In the cookie banner, the visitor can easily accept or reject cookies.
And she can also choose the cookies she wants (statistics, functional or marketing). If she wants to know more, all details about cookies are available in the “show details” link which unfolds the pop-up.
There is also information about which cookies are being used and what data they collect (informed consent).
All in all, with a banner like this, you no longer need to worry about any GDPR fines for using cookies.
Do you also think the rules on cookies are difficult to understand?
That’s why we’ve summed them up for you here.
One thing is certain though, you must collect your website visitor’s consent to the cookies you use.
And if you use tracking cookies from, say Facebook, Google, Amazon or Hotjar etc. to measure your site’s performance, to track sales or for retargeting purposes, you need to collect a consent following GDPR standards.
So here are the basics.
- You must collect consent for all cookies you use (except technically necessary cookies).
- Consent must be obtained before your cookies are placed on your visitor’s computer/phone
- Consent must be freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous (I’ll explain that below).
- You are allowed to store cookies for 12 months. Then you must ask again.
- You must store all cookie consents (also for users that reject) so you can document GDPR consent to the authorities.
What does freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous mean?
- What is a freely given consent?
- Freely given means that you give the user a choice, a choice to accept or reject. You can do that in your cookie banner’s first layer with an accept and a reject button.
- What is a specific consent?
- A specific consent means that you give your visitor the possibility to choose what type of data you may collect. The visitor can thereby choose to accept statistical cookies, but not marketing cookies. This is also a default feature in good cookie banners.
- What is an informed consent?
- What is an unambiguous consent?
- Unambiguous consent means that consent requires a clear affirmative action, i.e., it must be a clear signal that your visitor agrees to cookies. “Using the website, scrolling or swiping” as accepting cookies is not considered valid consent.