Cookie Banner

What is a Cookie Banner?

Not only since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018, so-called cookie banners on websites have become the norm. When a user visits a website for the first time, a banner or pop-up window will appear, usually at the bottom of the page, informing the user about the processing of personal data.

What is it all about? A cookie is basically nothing more than a small text file in which information is stored. This allows a web server to recognize a user. According to the GDPR, the question now arises: setting cookies without informing the user - is that even possible? The answer is: yes and no. No consent is required for cookies that are necessary for the technical operation of a website (e.g. the shopping cart cookie)

According to recital 30 GDPR website operators require for the use of certain web technologies such as cookies, tracking and retargeting pixels the consent of their users. At this point should be noted that the GDPR is not limited to cookies, but includes all technologies that process personal data in any way. The name cookie banner is therefore misleading. A simple cookie banner is not sufficient to implement the GDPR requirements completely privacy-compliant on a website.

Are cookies personal data?

Do I need a cookie banner on my website?

The GDPR has extraterritorial character, which means it applies not only to websites and blogs within the EU, but also to all those websites used by EU visitors.

If website operators do not only use cookies that are essential for the technical operation of the website, the provisions of the GDPR regarding the processing of personal user data apply. For obtaining a GDPR-compliant user consent a cookie banner is essential and absolutely necessary, but is not sufficient on its own.

Requirements for a GDPR-compliant consent management

A legally valid user consent must fulfill numerous criteria in the sense of the GDPR and has be as user-friendly as possible.

A GDPR-compliant consent must be given in advance and voluntarily and has to be documented in a legally secure manner. In addition, the consent has be given informed, explicit and granular. The user must also be able to revoke his consent at any time. Learn more.

Why a cookie banner is not sufficient

How can you ensure that you automatically implement the GDPR consent requirements and have nothing to fear in case of a website audit? And how can you ensure that you can use your tracking data privacy compliant and still play personalized advertising - without fearing fines?

At this point, a Consent Layer or a Consent Management Platform (CMP) such as Usercentrics comes into play, with which you can programmatically obtain, manage and document the consent of your website visitors.

100% GDPR-compliant with Usercentrics

The Usercentrics CMP consists of three main elements: the Privacy Banner (Cookie Banner), the Privacy Center and the Privacy Information Center.

Usercentrics allows you to set up a 100% individual <strong Privacy or Cookie Banner Whether design, text, data protection strategy (granularity) as well as categorization of integrated technologies - the website operator can individualize his requirements. Design your cookie banner according to your ideas and visions, so that it fits 1:1 into the overall website context.

The Privacy Center enables website visitors to define their preferences for which technologies their data may or may not be processed with just one click. The control element creates great trust in the user and shows him: Your data is important to us.

The Infocenter informs your users in detail about all technologies integrated on the website. Thus, you always meet your information and storage requirements.

Examples of DSGVO-compliant cookie banners

T Mobile AT

Integration of the Usercentrics CMP with individualized categorization of the integrated technologies

Usercentrics CMP Example - T-Mobile AT


Integration of the Usercentrics CMP with obtaining implicit consent through a countdown in the cookie banner

Usercentrics CMP Example - Thermondo


Usercentrics GmbH does not offer legal advice. The content of this article is not legally binding. The article represents the opinion of Usercentrics.

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