What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a short text file that some Web sites place on your PC, usually, so you can use the site more conveniently. If you return to the website later, your Web browser sends the small file to the server to notify the website of any previous activity you engaged in on the site. Once you return to a website, the server can retrieve the cookie file from the local computer to assist in expediting certain functions such as logging in and retrieving account or user data.
Name, Value, and expiration time of Cookies are 3 important things. Expiration time means how long it lasts. In earlier days Cookies were saved as a file in the C drive. It saves the client access, site preferences, language, technical support, etc. But with the development of technology the storage of cookie files increased. So it stores as a Cookie-ID.
When a website sends a cookie, it asks your browser to keep that particular cookie until a certain date and time, as written in the text file. According to the ePrivacy Directive recommendation, cookies should be deleted every 12 months, but some are stored for a much longer duration.
For example if you visit Netflix, and view categories you can view your last visited and preference.
What happens if users don’t accept cookies?
Cookies can determine whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning visitor so that the website can display the ads that are most relevant to you. If a user has clearly stated that they do not accept non-essential cookies, then any existing non-essential cookies placed by the website should be immediately removed. This preference is remembered, so the cookies are not simply recreated shortly after. If a cookie can identify you, you can reject the cookie completely. Websites that use these cookies have to get your permission or risk huge fines under various laws. So if you don’t want to store a cookie holding information about you, just say no.
Why do cookies need?
The purpose of cookie consent banners, therefore, was to alert the users of the website about the cookies and get consent for setting them. All websites had to give a cookie disclaimer to their users about the fact that they set cookies on the user’s browser.
If you open a browser in a location the server identifies the region and related language. So in the future you open the same browser in another region you open with the same language as you accepted the cookies before. You open some browsers by giving username & password. In that case if you accept the cookies when you open the browser next time, you can view the already opened login. But like the banking system that session cookies will expire in at least 15 minutes. So if others log in to your system they can only use 15minutes, then it will be automatically logged.
How to Write an Effective Website Privacy Statement
- Your privacy statement should be clear, direct, and easy to understand.
- Keep technical jargon and legal terminology to a minimum.
- If you decide to modify how you use personal information, you must inform your users.
Make sure you include the basic information that nearly all policies have. Then, add any policies that are specific to you, your company, and your website. Look online for blank templates you can download and use to draft your own policies