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

Sweeney release

We have just released a major new upgrade to our platform. This update features role-based access controls for your business. Admins will now be empowered to restrict a user's access and control to specific parts of Osano's platform.

Role-based access controls are only the most visible of numerous enhancements in this update that improve the performance, integrity and security of the Osano platform. The release notes detail the full list of enhancements and bug fixes.

The name of this release is a hat tip to Latanya Sweeney, a Harvard professor and privacy researcher who has done pioneering privacy research for the past two decades. Click to read more about her impressive work.

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Westin release

Announcing a shiny new update to Osano's platform! Updates include:

  • Consent Manager preview showing language translations and popup styling by location
  • Consent Manager versioning and rollback
  • iFrame blocking support
  • Consent Manager configuration duplication
  • Two dozen other features, enhancements, and bug fixes

This release is named in honor of Alan Westin, the father of modern data privacy law. We released an article on our blog about how his work has shaped privacy laws and perceptions today.

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White paper: The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link

Announcing a groundbreaking report analyzing the relationship between a company’s privacy practices and their likelihood of experiencing a data breach. The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link reveals a predictive relationship between responsible privacy practices and security outcomes.

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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.

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