Cookie Compliance

Types of Cookie Compliance

Use the layout option to change the screen positioning of your cookie consent banner.

1. Informational

You tell your users that you use cookies, and that by continuing to use your website they accept them.

Informational Cookie Consent

This is the approach used by most websites, and appears to be sufficient in the UK. Other countries have stricter rules and may warrant one of the stricter solutions.

This is also the easiest approach for website owners to implement, as it simply requires you add some code to your existing pages. It provides your users with no direct control over cookies, other than through their own browser settings.

2. Opt-out

You tell your users that you use cookies, and give them one button to disable cookies, and another to dismiss the message. Opt-Out Cookie Consent

(The dismiss button is generally more prominent). If a user does not choose to disable cookies, they will continue to work as normal.

This approach gives users the ability to opt out of cookies if they wish. It is more involved to implement, and will require that you modify parts of your site that use cookies to disable them when so instructed. Learn more.

3. Opt-in

You tell your users that you wish to use cookies, and give them one button to enable cookies, and another to refuse them.

Opt-In Cookie Consent

(The enable button is generally more prominent). No cookies are used unless the user expressly chooses to enable them.

This is the strictest approach, and virtually guarantees compliance under any circumstances. Like option #2, it requires you modify parts of your site that use cookies to disable them when so instructed. Learn more.

Which should you choose?

The vast majority of websites at the time of writing – including big names like Google and Facebook – choose some variation of the “Information” approach, i.e. they tell users they use cookies but continue to use them. Of course, in their case, their websites would be unusable without cookies.

We cannot guarantee an informational approach will be sufficient for your website, but unless you have special cause to believe otherwise, it is extremely likely. If in doubt, seek legal advice from a professional.

What's New at Osano

11,000 Vendors and Counting!

Osano's proprietary dataset of vendor privacy risk just broke 11,000! We couldn't be more proud! 🎉

Brandeis Release

Announcing a massive update to Osano's platform! We completely re-built the consent manager from the ground up. Updates include:
  • Automated script and cookie classifications
  • We've added multi-factor authentication to help further safeguard your Osano account
  • More than a dozen other features, enhancements, and bug fixes

This release is named after Louis Brandeis, one of the original pioneers of data privacy rights. We released an article on our blog about his fascinating life and how it impacted the data privacy world.

Read the Release Notes

Privacy Insider Newsletter

Check out Osano's Privacy Insider newsletter! Every Tuesday, Osano sends a synopsis of the week's most interesting news in the world of data privacy.

A lot of change is happening fast. We take the work out of keeping abreast of regulatory and technological developments.


Release 2020.4

April's release features major improvements to our data subject access request (DSAR) forms:

  • Added a forms editor for customization and 
  • Added pre-fillable forms to save you time
  • Added data elements for commonly used fields

This release included a bunch of other enhancements and features.

Read the Release Notes

Osano Launches a Partnership with Exterro

Osano and Exterro launched a partnership this week to pair Osano’s industry-leading cookie consent management and vendor monitoring with Exterro’s powerful suite of privacy, e-discovery and risk management tools.

Learn More