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Cookie Policy for Website or Application

Last revision Last revision 30/03/2024
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Last revisionLast revision: 30/03/2024

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SizeSize: 2 pages

Rating: 4.5 - 2 votes

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A Cookie Policy for a Website/Application is a document that sets out the policies regarding the use of cookies and similar technologies. Cookies are small text files stored in the browser of the user when the user visits a website. They are used to store the users' preferences so that the web server does not have to request specific information every time users visit the website or application.

Cookies are commonly used to store the users' information (which may be personal or other type of information) such as the users' name, username, address, password, email address, the contents of a shopping cart, etc. This helps the operator provide a personalized user experience to their users.

The different types of cookies that can be used by a website/application are technical cookies, profiling cookies, third party cookies, analytical cookies, etc.

This document only contains Cookie policy, but the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are also available for download.

How to use this document

The document sets out the following:

  • the meaning and types of cookies used;
  • the information collected through the use of the cookies: Here, the form filler is required to the category of information that the operator collects through the use of cookies. These information include the users' name, user name, address, password, email address, the contents of a shopping cart, etc.
  • how will the users' consent be obtained: The GDPR requires that data controller must not collect or otherwise process the personal information of the users without their consent. Here, the form filler will describe how users will indicate their consent to the use of cookies. It is mandatory for users to give their unequivocal consent to the use of cookies. Some websites simply say "By continuing to use our website/application, you consent to the use of cookies, for more information about our cookie policy, click here", other websites/application simply add the phrase "I agree" and by checking the box next to it, the users will be said to have given their consent for the use of cookies.
  • how the information is used: This describes the purpose of processing the personal information of the users. Note that operators/data controllers are prohibited from using the personal data of users for any purpose which is incompatible with the purpose for which the data was originally collected.

After filling this form, the document must be published on a separate page on the website or included in the Privacy Policy document

Some websites or applications simply make the Cookie Policy available on a separate page, usually accessible via a hyperlink that appears on the same page. In this case, the end user may not review the document before accepting the contract. This is called the browse wrap agreement.

Other websites or application make the users take positive steps to confirm that the user has read the Cookie Policy. For example, the site or application may have a pop up box showing the terms and conditions where the user will be required to scroll all the way through the Cookie Policy before checking the box saying "I understand the terms and conditions of this website and have agreed to be bound by them". This is called a click wrap agreement..

Applicable laws

On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect to ensure the protection of personal data. It addresses the export of personal data outside the European Union. This regulation is applicable to Nigerian businesses that offer products and/or services for sale in the EU or if they engage in the processing of personal data of citizens of the EU.

In 2019, the Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) developed the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019, a replica of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which contains guidelines to control the use of data in Nigeria.

Other laws that apply to this document include:

  • Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015;
  • Freedom of Information Act, 2011;
  • Child's rights Act, 2003, which protects the privacy rights of children;
  • the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, which provides for the right of privacy and family life of Nigerians.

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