Cookies are small files used by the web pages to store temporary information in the browsers of users. Many countries have different cookie laws which force website owners to disclose the cookies they use and the information they are following and storing.
In this post, we will explain to you how to find out if your WordPress platform is using cookies and how you can manage them to comply with local laws.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that contain data sent by a website to be stored in a user’s browser. Cookies play a major role on the Web and are widely used to enhance user experience.
First of all, there are the session cookies. This cookies are used to bind and are described for all users logged on to a WordPress website.
In addition to WordPress, third-party plugins and tools will also set cookies for the WordPress website.
What are the cookie laws?
Cookies are a powerful tool that can be used to monitor many things about users. In light of the privacy hazards, several countries and regions have enacted laws that provide compliance directives for web site owners.
For instance, the EU has the GDPR law and the ePrivacy directive. Likewise, countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and many others have laws that oblige website owners to obtain user permission and to disclose the data they receive, store and follow up on users.
That is why you are watching contextual cookie windows on several different websites. These banners allow website owners to comply with GDPR, cookie laws and other confidentiality statutes in various countries.
How to see the cookies are stored by a WordPress website?
Both modern web browsers make it easier to see cookies identified by any Web site you visit.
For Example : Google Chrome
In Google Chrome, you must first visit the WordPress website. After that, click on the Load or Unsecured icon in the browser’s address bar. This will open a menu in which you will have to click on “Cookies.”
You can also see these cookies using the Inspect tool. Only visit your website and click somewhere with the left button to choose the Inspect tool.
This will divide the browser window and you will see the panel of the developer’s console. From there, go to the “Application” tab.
Then, you must click the cookies menu in the left column and you will be able to see all the cookies stored on your site. Most importantly, the data stored by the cookie will be shown in the “Value” column.
Plugins that allow you to disable cookies.
Now when you check the cookies defined by your WordPress Web site, you can see that certain cookies are defined by different WordPress plugins that you use. As a website owner, you do not like to use these cookies to comply with cookie laws in different countries and restrict your responsibility.
However, not all WordPress plugins provide easy ways to switch off cookies to make the website compliant. Here are some of the plug-ins that allow you to easily disable cookies without interrupting plug-ins functionality.
MonstreInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin on the market. It allows you to properly install Google Analytics and set up compliance addon EU.
First of all, you must mount and activate the MonsterInsights plug-in. For more support, see our post on Google Analytics’ installation in WordPress.
If you set up the plugin, go to Insights »Further modules page and install the EU Compliance Additional package.
The addon works out of the box, and there is no setting. You can see that it is enabled by visiting Statistics ‘Page Settings and switching to the Commitment tab.
The addon will now automatically anonymize IP addresses, turn off demographic and interest reports, disable user and authors tracking, and so on. It also integrates with Cookie Notification and CookieBot automatically plugins.
WPForms is the best WordPress communication form plugin on the market. It allows you to easily create RGPD-compliant forms for your WordPress website.
First, you must install and enable the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to create a WordPress plugin.
When activating, you must visit WPForms »Page settings and switch to the General tab.
From there, you need to scroll up to the GDPR section and check the box next to the GDPR enhancement option.
Check this feature to expand it and you can see the option of disabling user cookies and user details on all forms.
WPForms also allows you to make individual forms compliant with the DPMR. For more info, see our post on creating RGPD-compliant forms in WordPress.
More ways to comply with cookie laws for WordPress websites.
The owner of a website is responsible for complying with the laws of cookies in various regions. Here are a few basic steps to make the website more compliant.
1. Add a confidentiality policy tab.
2. Install a cookie report plug-in.
Cookie notification plugins show a notification on your website that they are using cookies and seek the users’ permission.
Cookie Advisory and CookieBot are two of the most popular cookie notification plugins compliant with many other popular WordPress plugins.
For more choices, see our list of the best GDPR WordPress plugins to improve compliance.
Check your website’s cookies to ensure that you can attach each cookie to a plugin and to a tool installed on your website. When installing new WordPress plugins or third-party tools, make sure to check if they have options to get them compliant with the RGPD and the cookie law.
You can also check the WordPress security guide to make sure that all the data you receive on your website are properly secured.