Why do you need to check websites for cookies?

To comply with the GDPR and the Cookie Law, websites have to inform the users of the cookies being used on the website and get their consent to be using them. To inform the users of the cookies, first, you need to understand what cookies your website and the third-party services on your website sets on the user’s browser.

The websites should inform the users of the cookies using a cookie banner and more details about the cookies in the privacy/cookie policy of the website.

Note: It is not enough to inform the users of the cookies used on the website. To use the cookies, other than the necessary cookies, the website should have user consent. Prior to the consent, the cookies should not be set on the users’ browsers.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that website stores on a browser when they visit the website. Websites use them for multiple purposes like storing login statuses, remembering the cart items in an e-commerce store, identifying whether a user is a new visitor or returning user, or analyzing the user behavior on the website, etc.

CookieServe free cookie checker tool helps you to determine the first-party and third-party cookies used on the entered URL. The results are generated within a matter of seconds and with necessary details about the cookies. The results will show you the purpose of the cookies and other details like how long the cookies are stored on a browser.

These details will help you with the GDPR compliance for using cookies and determine whether or not a website is compliant.

What information about the cookies is required?

As the law requires that the data collection process be transparent, a webmaster will need to disclose what all cookies are being used on the website. Along with the details like what these cookies are used for, who installs them (or who the data is shared with), and how long they are stored for. 

CookieServe will help you determine these details that can be helpful for informing the website visitors about the cookies and get one step closer to compliance. 

Can you check cookies on your website manually?

Yes, you can check the cookies used by a website using the developer console of all the major browsers. Read more about it here.

Although cookie scans are helpful in understanding what cookies are used on the website, the scan might not be able to detect some cookies that are set later on in the browser. A manual check of the cookies used on the website will help you determine if there are any cookies not detected in the scan. This would also be helpful in ensuring that the website is fully compliant with the law.

How can you be fully compliant with the law?

To be fully compliant with the law for the usage of cookies, you need to display a cookie banner on your website that will help you inform the users and take consent from them. Before the users give their consent, there should not any cookies set on the browser. The cookies also should not be set if the users have rejected the use of the cookies.

To display a cookie notification banner easily on a website, create an account in CookieYes. CookieYes will help you easily display a cookie banner that can be easily customized to match the design and theme of your website. 

CookieYes will also help you to set the cookies on the users' browsers if they have given their consent to do so. Until then the website will not set any third-party cookies. Also, CookieYes will also scan multiple pages of the website to check all the cookies and add them to the cookies list after categorizing them. It also adds the description of the cookies detailing the purpose of the cookies. This makes sure that users give their consent fully informed about the cookies.