Why CookieSecure is the GDPR solution your business needs

Voted in 2016, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into effect since May 25 2018. Since that date, the GDPR has become the reference text of the European Union regarding the protection of personal data.

What is the meaning of the GDPR?

In order to have a definition of the RGPD that allows you to understand the issues and how your company or your website (custom or from a CMS like WordPress, Squarespace, Prestashop, ...) can comply with European data protection legislation, we advise you to consult the CNIL website: GDPR, How to prepare in 6 steps.

Is the cookie message mandatory?

If you are a citizen of the European Union and your company or website exploits personal data in a direct way (Email, name, last name, phone number, address, etc ...) or indirect identifiers (cookies, digital fingerprint, etc ...), then you are subject to GDPR regulations. In a way, almost everyone is concerned, because from the moment you have a website online, wether you use Google Analytics to know how your traffic is changing, whether you use newsletters, social networks ... and that you have visitors in Europe, you are required to comply with the GDPR law of 2018.

Consult the article of the CNIL to check if you are concerned by the GDPR.

In addition to setting up a policy for processing and tracking personal data within your company, you are required to display a mandatory cookie banner since May 25, 2018, which makes it clear to your users how your site uses cookies, with a specific text on the cookie banner itself. In the same way, the texts of the legal notices of your website must be updated to fully describe the use you make of cookies and other personal data retrieved when using your website. You must also be able to give your visitors the opportunity to refuse or change the cookie settings of your website as soon as the GDPR cookie banner is displayed.

Do I still have time to bring my website into compliance with the GDPR?

If a certain tolerance is possible in the first few months following the entry into force of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to give companies time to comply, it is strongly recommended that companies and self-employed people whose professional activity is mainly digital to get in tune with European legislation as soon as possible.

Indeed, as long as you have not implemented the features and services that allow compliance with the GDPR law, the legislative arsenal provided for by the European Union is particularly coercive:

The new law of May 25, 2018 reinforces control and sanctions. Organizations that do not comply with the GDPR law incur fines of up to € 20 million or 4% of the organization's annual turnover, whichever is greater, not to mention possible penal sanctions in addition to the financial sanctions.

Can setting up a cookie banner affect the image or traffic of my website?

In order to take into account the new European regulation on data protection (GDPR), it is not necessary at all to totally hide your website's landing pages with a long legal and anxiety-provoking text, which some American media websites did in the first weeks after the implementation of the GDPR law of May 28, 2018. The European regulation does not impose a size or a specific location of the cookies banners on the pages of your website. It is a matter of clearly informing your visitors about the data collection practices carried out on your website and giving them the necessary tools that can enable them to control this information (duration, deletion, modification ...).

In the same way that the transition from Http protocol to Https has now become the norm and has a certain effect of reassurance in terms of security for Internet users, it is reasonable to think that it will be the same for the cookies banner. Well integrated within the visual environment and the visual identity of your website, the EU cookie banner can become an asset for your brand in terms of image and seriousness, because you clearly demonstrate to your visitors that you are concerned about the preservation of their privacy.

If, as we have just seen, your image can be strengthened by the implementation of a GDPR cookie banner adapted to your brand and respectful of the user experience of your visitors, there is no fear to have as for a possible decrease of your traffic. Without even reiterating the risks of not complying with the law of the GDPR, from the moment you avoid blocking access to your site by a banner that occupies the entire space of your website (which again is not at all a pre-requisite required by the EU regulation of May 25, 2018), you should not notice negative effects on your traffic.

CookieSecure, the GDPR cookie banner that meets all your needs

The CookieSecure solution was designed to allow its customers to configure and install the GDPR cookie banner that is best suited to their needs and their image as quickly and easily as possible, while giving them the maximum guarantees that they will comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation.

For those of our customers who express the wish, we offer not only an audit to verify the compliance of their current solution, but also a free technical support from one of our developers to assist them in the configuration and implementation of their EU cookie banner on their website.

Does my website comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

There is a good chance that your site is not yet in conformity with the GDPR law of May 25, 2018. Indeed, even if you have already set up a cookie banner on your website, it is likely that it doesn't meet all the prerequisites imposed by European law. Indeed, it is no longer only a matter of informing your visitors of the type of processing that is done with the data that passes through your website, but also of giving them the possibility to modify and delete the information that concerns them.

Thus, when your website uses the current features of the web, such as Google Analytics, an emailing tool, registration for your services, registration for a newsletter, access to sharing tools on social networks, advertisements, the purchase of a product or service on your online store, you must adapt accordingly to bring you into compliance with the GDPR law.

CookieSecure offers an audit to inform you about your current situation and to be able to offer you the best solution for your website.

How do I know what kind of cookie banner corresponds to my activity?

As a first step, we advise you to create your free CookieSecure account and to set up a GDPR cookie banner. The implementation of the cookie banner is fast and accessible to all, even if it requires some notions of webmastering.

Register your website on our platform and choose the solution that suits you the best: Je m’inscris.

Installing my cookie banner

You have two possibilities that are valid for all our dedicated CookieSecure offers:

- Ask our expert to assist you in the configuration and installation of the GDPR cookie banner on your website - Use the detailed installation guide for your web developer or webmaster.

The installation time depends on the complexity of your website and the number of cookies used.

When you want to solicit our team, the implementation of your EU cookie banner may take more or less time, depending on the current demand. You will also need to provide temporary FTP codes allowing the modification of your concerned html pages and which will allow the display of your cookie banner on your website.

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Your user cookie management is now in compliance with European General Data Protection Regulation.

Congratulations! This is one of the key points of your compliance with the GDPR law, because it is the most visible part for your website and your users.

But the law does not stop there: You must also ensure optimal protection of the data that pass through your website at every moment and be able to demonstrate it by documenting their compliance with the GDPR law. In order to ensure that you are in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of May 25, 2018, we invite you to consult the following article by the CNIL: https://www.cnil.fr/en/home.

Rest assured, CookiesSecure has planned to accompany you on the various key points of these steps, by allowing you to externalize some of the procedures requested by the GDPR law, by organizing for you, among others, security audits and by advising you on the formalization of the compliance documents.