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Free Cookie Policy Template

When you visit a website a file is saved to your device for tracking purposes and this file is called a cookie. It records the website’s name and gives it a unique ID so that your internet browser knows that you’ve been there before.

This can be useful for the functionality of a website providing the ability to keep you logged into your account, remember which items you’ve placed in your shopping basket or remember the preferences or settings you’ve chosen.

But cookies can also contain personal information that you may be unaware of including:

  • Account usernames and passwords
  • Email addresses
  • The duration of your visit
  • Which links you’re clicking on
  • The pages you’ve visited

What is a cookie policy?

A cookie policy is a legal declaration on your website that tells your visitors what cookies are active on your website, what specific data they are tracking, and where in the world the data is being sent. A cookie policy should also contain instructions on how your visitors may opt out of cookies if they do not want to be tracked.

A cookie policy can be a standalone document or it may exist within its own section of the website’s privacy policy.

Do I need a cookies policy?

Yes! You are legally required by the European GDPR and the Californian CCPA to have a cookie policy available to the visitors on your website. This can be as a standalone document or it can be included in its own section with your website’s privacy policy. Not only is it law but there can also be penalties for websites that do not comply.

How do I write a cookie policy?

Writing a cookie policy is a complicated task that requires a good knowledge of both the technology behind cookies and the law surrounding them. It is quicker and more efficient to start with a cookie policy template. Templates are designed to be generic and cover a broad range of scenarios making the document universal and relevant for use on multiple websites.