Failure to comply can result in heavy fines and even prosecution.
What is personal data?
Personal data is information that can identify an individual, either directly or when combined with other data.
Names, e-mails, addresses, localisation, IP-addresses, photos, and account information all are directly identifying data.
Health information, income, religion and cultural profiles and the like is also personal data.
Furthermore, and crucial in the present context, data on user behaviour is also personal. Cookies can track and register individual users’ browsing activities, like what articles they scroll past and which ones they choose to click on.
Most websites collect user data. Often, it happens without the website owner even being aware of it, by means of cookies.
If your website is hosted, or if you use plugins, social media-buttons, analytics tools and the like on your website, then it does set cookies and collect user data.
The free audit scans five pages of your website and sends you a report of the cookies and online tracking on these pages, including information on their provenance, purpose and whether or not they are compliant.
If you want a complete overview of the cookies and online tracking going on on all of your website, sign up to the Cookiebot solution.
Basically, it doesn’t matter where you choose to place it, as long as your users have access to it.
However, this might seem as a large expense if you are, for instance, a hobby blogger or small business.
Some are free and others come at a price.