Cookies are the most used technology for tracking website visitors, as well as collecting and sharing their data for a range of purposes – like remembering login details or shopping cart contents, displaying targeted ads on your domain, or providing you with data about your website’s performance with its users.
But cookies are also notoriously privacy-unfriendly as the data that they collect from users and share with third parties range from anonymized information to the highly private and sensitive data – like behavior, location, purchase history, preferences, orientations, convictions, beliefs, and personal traits.
What types of website cookies are there?
Cookies fall into four categories: necessary, preference, statistics and marketing cookies. Only cookies strictly necessary for the basic function of your website are exempt from data privacy law requirements, while all other cookies are regulated and require prior consent or opt-out options, depending on where in the world your end-users are located.
The Cookiebot scanner will find the following types of cookies and tracking technology:
- HTML5 Local storage
- Flash Local Shared Object
- Silverlight Isolated Storage
- Pixel tags
- Ultrasound beacons
Unless you use a cookie checker or a cookie audit tool like Cookiebot CMP, it’s hard to know exactly what cookies, trackers and other “trojan horses” might be running beneath the surface of your website. Many third-party cookies will be loaded within other cookies, or will have changed on repeated visits by users, making it practically impossible for you as the website owner/operator to always have a full overview without a powerful website cookie checker.
What cookies does my website use?
What cookies your website uses depends on what functionalities and third-party services you have integrated onto your domain. For example, using Google Analytics on your website will set third-party cookies. Using third-party services means having third-party cookies on your website – all of these require prior consent from end-users in the EU/UK and opt-out options for users in California, among other countries and regions.
How do I make sure my website is compliant?
Making sure your domain is compliant can be frustrating, but with our deep scanning technology it’s as easy as ABC. Cookiebot CMP detects all cookies, trackers and trojan horses on your domain – including the ones most website scanners won’t be able to find.
By performing automated monthly scans of your website and sending you a detailed scan report by email, compliance. This enables you to provide your end-users with total transparency and a real choice of consent, a requirement in the major data privacy laws around the world.
Get started with Cookiebot CMP and get the world’s most powerful cookie checker in an automatic and easy-to-use compliance solution that fits every major data privacy law in the world.