In April 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission launched a report following a cookie “sweep” on several websites across a range of sectors in the Irish economy. This document reveals that most data controllers in the country use pre-checked boxes to acquire permission for using cookies on their websites, including marketing, advertising and analytics cookies. This and other breaches mean companies are not entirely compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and might be collecting unnecessary data from users.
To help Irish companies fully comply with the new rules, the DPC updated and issued new guidance on what 100% compliance should look like, and a deadline for website operators to get their house in order. This deadline is October 6, 2020, and if you are an Irish business owner with an eCommerce platform or a website, you might be wondering: what do I do now? The good news is that we can help!
Cookies are small text files stored on a device, such as a PC, a mobile device or any other device that can store information. These files come in different forms and serve several functions, including to remember a user and their previous interactions with a website, items in an online shopping cart, details such as name, addresses and contact info, loading information from pages, language and region settings, among others. Other types of tracking technologies are ‘flash’ cookies, software development kits (SDKs), pixel trackers (or pixel gifs), ‘like’ buttons and social sharing tools, and device fingerprinting technologies.
Well, a series of things have changed, but the biggest changes are the following:
All the updated guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner is designed to protect internet users, offering people control over the collection of their data. From now, if you are a business and want to collect information about your website users, you’ll need to:
First and foremost, you’ll need to understand all the rules. To make sure your website is compliant with the DPC and GDPR, you must:
The easiest way to do that is by getting help from a specialist.
If you need any help updating your website so it complies with DPC and GDPR, our team is ready to go. Contact us today and get the guidance you need on the transition — we’ll make sure your site is fully compliant before the deadline!
By Rakky Curvelo
By Conor McCaffrey