How to add Cookies from the internet in a GDPR software

Cookie law

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file which is stored on users’ computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page adapted to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.

web cookie comic

 

Types of cookies

  • Session cookie

It’s designed to save your session id, exists only in temporary memory while the user navigates the website.

Web browsers normally delete session cookies when the user closes the browser.

  • Persistent cookie

A persistent cookie expires at a specific date or after a specific length of time.

The cookie’s lifespan (which can be as long or as short as its creators want).

The information will be transmitted to the server every time the user visits the website or every time the user views a resource belonging to that website from another website (such as an advertisement).

Persistent cookies are also referred to as tracking cookies because they can be used by advertisers to record information about a user’s web browsing habits over an extended period of time.

They are also used to keep users logged into their accounts on websites.

They reset if the expiration time is reached or the user manually deletes the cookie.

  • Secure cookie

A secure cookie can only be transmitted over an encrypted connection.

They cannot be transmitted over unencrypted connections.

This makes the cookie less likely to be exposed to cookie theft.

  • Supercookie

Supercookies can be a potential security concern and are therefore often blocked by web browsers.

If unblocked by the browser, an attacker in control of a malicious website could set a supercookie and potentially disrupt or impersonate legitimate user requests to another website that shares the same top-level domain or public suffix as the malicious website.

For example, a supercookie with an origin of .com could maliciously affect a request made to example.com, even if the cookie did not originate from example.com. This can be used to fake logins or change user information.

  • Zombie cookie

It’s a cookie that automatically recreates himself after being deleted.

This happens by storing the cookie’s content in multiple locations, such as Flash Local object, HTML5 Web storage, and other client-side.

When the cookie’s absence is detected, the cookie is recreated using the data stored in these locations.

Wich cookies do my website use?

There are multiple ways to find that.

We prefer to use a browser extension that tracks the cookies of your website live. It’s called EditThisCookie, and the extension is available for Google Chrome here and Opera browser here.

As soon as you install you’ll see a little cookie on your top, right corner. Click on the cookie icon and it will tell you what cookies your website use.

In the example below, we were on google.com.

edit this cookie

What all these cookies do?

There is an enormous number of cookies out there, and it’s impossible to know every single one of them.

That being said you can use a database with the definitions of the cookies to help understand the purpose of each cookie.

For example, you can visit Cookiepedia, it’s a database for cookies and has an explanation for what they do.

You can search for the desired cookie then copy the description into your website to inform the user why you’re using those cookies. Although it is a very complete database it might not have every single cookie, so if you can find there with a simple google search you’ll find the purpose of a certain cookie.

How to add cookies to GetComplied.

Cookies are not the only feature GetComplied supports, you can find the potential of this platform here.

First, read Get started in GetComplied.

After you create your account, in your main panel access cookie section.

add cookies to getcomplied

Click on “new” to add a new cookie.

The panel below is the cookie editor, where you’ll edit cookies.

You can add as many cookies as you need but individually. One by one.

getcomplied cookie editor

1. Name – This is not the title of the cookie but the name that identifies the document when you need to find it to edit.

2. Purpose – This is where you explain why the cookie exists in your website. For example, a cookie that stores the user preferences is a functionality cookie. Find cookie purposes here by searching your domain(website URL) or cookie name.

3. Company – The company where the cookie belongs. If used by your website for performance purposes you can put your company name, but, it’s for a third party like Google, that’s what you have to put there.

4. Session cookie – Session cookie like said above it’s when the cookie only is kept till the browser is closed. You cna know this with the extension mentioned above if the Session option is selected.

session cookie

5. Duration – You only need to fill this is the cookie is not a session cookieCheck the duration on the extension.

cookie duration

6. Language – Language is the language or languages you use on your website. To edit multiple languages you have to edit one at a time. (ex. Select English and add the English version, select French and add the French version of the text)

7. Consent is required – This is where you decide if the cookie is obligatory for the user to enter the website. If it’s required user need to accept before using your service and you need to turn that option ON if it’s not a required cookie you can turn it OFF.

8. Description – This description like we said above you can find them either in Cookiepedia or in a Google search and copy it to this field.

If your website starts to use more cookies you’ll be notified by email.

Note: To be notified you need to fill the email textbox on Projects > Edit project > Settings.

cookie notification

Add cookies to projects

Go to the project section.

Note: If by this step you don’t have your project added yet we recommend you to read this tutorial.

Edit your project in GetComplied

This is what you see in the Edit.

Click on the cookies button (1) on the left and you’ll see this.

add cookies to getcomplied project

Click on add (2) to select the cookies you just created.

select cookie to add

Select the cookie, then “add and save”

add and save cookie

Now when all is added you should see your project with the cookies added like the one below.

To add more cookies just repeat the process. You can add as many as you want.

web cookies added 02

That’s it you’ve just added cookies to your project and they are ready to be agreed on.

 

 

If you need help!

We have a youtube channel and other tutorials that might help.

If you still have any doubt about Incidents make sure you contact us either on social media or email hello@getcomplied.com

We also have a live chat you can use anytime with this icon on the bottom right corner: crisp getcomplied support

Click it to chat with us anytime.

 

 

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