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Why is a Cookie Policy important?

Cookies are a fantastic way to gain insight on how website visitors use and interact with your website. But since cookies gather and store personal information about website visitors, cookies are regulated under the UK General Data Protection Regulation, and you must provide a cookie policy.

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What is a Cookie Policy?

A Cookie Policy works alongside your website’s Privacy Policy to ensure you meet all data protection requirements.

The Cookie Policy informs website visitors what cookies you use, why you have them, how they work and how long they last. With a comprehensive policy from Law 365, it’s easy to help your users understand exactly what they can expect.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a cookie policy on my website?

A: This all comes down to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which places responsibility on website creators to give visitors awareness and control (where possible) of the cookies used on the website, as well as gaining visitor consent.

Some websites mention cookies in their Privacy Policy, however having a dedicated policy is another step to showing compliance to the regulation.

Q: Do I need to display a cookie policy banner?

A: Website creators must gain clear visitor consent to use cookies. The most common method used to gain consent is a banner that informs the user that this website uses cookies, you probably see them all the time. Other methods include pop-ups, header bars and message bars.

The important thing to remember about using pop ups is that they must give the user the option to accept or disable cookies that aren’t essential to the functioning of the website. It would not be sufficient for a banner to say, “if you use this website, you accept our cookies”.

Q: Instead of a cookie policy, can’t visitors just adjust their browser settings?

A: No. While the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations state that browser settings are a valid form of consent, there is no guarantee all visitors would have adjusted setting prior to using a website.

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We will continually update this template with the frequent Microsoft updates such as CSP and other flow down terms, plus we will update the relevant terms to ensure you can claim as many rebates as possible, and get recognised by Microsoft such as CPoR, (Claims Partner of Record) DPoR (Digital Partner of Record), and PAL (Partner Admin Link).

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