Cookie Policy: What The Heck Is It and Why You Should Care

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Hey there, website owner! In the whirlwind of running your business online, you’ve probably heard the buzz about cookies. They’re not just yummy snacks anymore. But I’m sure you’re wondering “Do I need a cookie policy?” In this blog post, we explore why should you care about them, and what they mean for your business?

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What Are Cookies?

Cookies are those tiny bits of data that websites store on your device. Think of them as your site’s memory, helping it remember your visitors’ preferences and making their experience smoother. From remembering login details to keeping shopping carts filled, cookies are the unsung heroes of user experience.

Essential vs. Nonessential Cookies Let’s break it down:

  • Essential Cookies: These are your site’s MVPs. We call them essential, or strictly necessary, because your website literally can’t function without them. They’re used for things like remembering logins, keeping track of shopping cart items, saving customized preferences for users, helping them navigate a website, and other backend functions.

    We like these cookies (well… we like all of them) but we ESPECIALLY like essential cookies because we don’t have to have a cookie policy for these!!
  • Nonessential Cookies: Now theseeeee are the extras, like Analytics cookies (like Google Analytics) or Advertising Trackers (like Facebook Pixel) which help you track visitor behavior and improve your marketing efforts.

    They’re also Preference and Functionality cookies such as NID, SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, SIDCC, HSID, and PREF….
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Don’t worry, my eyes glazed over just like yours did. I have no clue what those last ones actually are. But if you DO want to know more, there are plenty of resources out there (and some are even linked if you keep reading)

Why You Need a Cookie Policy

Here’s the deal: You only need a cookie policy for nonessential cookies. Laws like GDPR in Europe and the CCPA in California require websites to inform users and obtain consent (cough* consent is sexy *cough) for these cookies. These regulations ensure transparency and give users control over their data. In a nutshell, if your website uses nonessential cookies (and most do for analytics and marketing), you’ve got some legal homework to do.

But Do I REALLY Need One? Penalties for Noncompliance

Skipping the cookie policy for nonessential cookies isn’t just risky; it could cost you. Fines and legal headaches are no one’s idea of a good time. I suggest erring on the side of caution and staying compliant to keep your focus on what matters: growing your business.

Setting Up Your Cookie Policy

In upcoming posts, we’ll dig into setting up cookie policies for platforms like Wix, Showit, and WordPress. Whether you’re DIY-ing your site or need a pro touch, I’ve got your back with straightforward guides to keep things legal and hassle-free.

Navigating cookie policies isn’t glamorous, but it’s a must for responsible online business owners. Need help navigating these waters? Let’s chat. Together, we’ll make sure your website not only looks amazing but also meets all the legal checkboxes.

Ready to get your cookie policy in order? Reach out today and let’s simplify this together.