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What is a website cookie policy?

A website cookie policy will be held by a website operator in the United Kingdom, to provide its website users with key information about the use of cookies on the website.

What is the difference between a website privacy policy and a website cookie policy?

A website privacy policy will be used by a website operator to provide website users with key information about the collection, use and storage of their personal data (personal information such as their name, IP address and contact details). A website privacy policy may refer to the use of cookies in reference to the collection of personal data.

A cookie policy will provide comprehensive, specific information about the use of cookies. A privacy policy will often refer to a cookie policy.

Is it mandatory to have a cookie policy?

Yes. In order to comply with the relevant legal regulations, a website that uses cookies must hold a cookie policy.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file. A cookie is stored on a device and allows online providers to recognise a person as a particular user and allows online providers to store specific details about users. The information collected by cookies might include preferences and login information.

What should be done once the cookie policy is ready?

It is not necessary to sign the website cookie policy. It can be finalised and placed on the website, in an easily accessible location. The website operator must ensure it obtains consent to use cookies, as appropriate.

What other documents might be required alongside a website cookie policy?

A website will need to hold other policies and documents, which refer to or may be read alongside the acceptable use policy. This might include:

How long should a cookie policy last for?

A website cookie policy can remain in place indefinitely. The website operator should ensure the policy is updated if it changes the way in which it uses cookies The website operator should also ensure that the policy is generally updated and reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that the legal content is kept up-to-date. Typically, a policy of this nature will be reviewed at least annually.

What should a cookie policy contain?

A cookie policy should:

  • provide contact details for the website operator
  • explain what cookies are
  • list the types of cookies used
  • explain how cookies will be used
  • explain how cookies can be turned off

What laws apply to a cookie policy?

The following legal provisions are relevant to the use of cookies on a website:

Further information on cookies can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

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