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Free cookies policy

In an ideal world, cookies policies would be published for the purpose of informing users about how tracking technologies are used on a website.

In the real world, cookies policies have a slightly different primary purpose: legal compliance. UK and EU laws require that, if a website uses cookies or equivalent technologies, the website operator must (unless the "strictly necessary" exception applies) make certain disclosures in relation to the use of the cookies.

This template for the creation of cookies policies has been designed to help website operators comply with the UK and EU disclosure obligations.

This free cookie policy covers the key subject matter in any such policy: explaining what cookies are, describing the purposes for which cookies may be used, and providing information to users about the management of cookies. It also contains optional disclosures relating to Google Analytics and Google AdSense cookies, and Meta pixels.

Website operators may be required, in addition, to seek users' consent to the use of some cookies. The consent obligation sits alongside the information obligation, and compliance with the latter does not entail compliance with the former.

UK law on this subject is contained in Regulation 6 of The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR will also apply where cookies use involves the processing of personal data.

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Free cookies policy contents

  1. Introduction: use of cookies; consent to use of cookies.
  2. Credit: docular credit (free cookies policy); free documents licensing warning.
  3. About cookies: what are cookies?; persistent and session cookies; cookies and personal data.
  4. Cookies that we use: purposes for which cookies are used (including shopping cart).
  5. Cookies used by our service providers: use of cookies by services providers; google Analytics cookies; google advertising cookies; meta pixel; service provider cookies (generic).
  6. Managing cookies: how to manage cookies; negative impact of blocking cookies; effects on website use of blocking cookies.
  7. Cookie preferences: managing cookie preferences.
  8. Our details: website operator name; company registration details; place of business; contact information.
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