Follow Regulations and Avoid Penalties up to 600,000€
First Things First: What Are Cookies?
Cookies are files created by a website that contain data that identifies the user. The aim is to show personalized content, fitting the user’s preferences.
When a user first visits a website, it stores a cookie in our browser. If we come back to the same website, the site will offer us tailored content, according to our previous visit.
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Types of Cookies
We can group cookies into two different groups: First and Third-Party cookies.
An “X” in the Box is Not Enough
Since General Data Protection Regulations 2016, the user should receive an informed consent to know:
- What type of cookies the website uses
- What data the site stores and for what purpose
- Possible implications for privacy.
In short: greatest transparency.
The End of the Cookies’ Wall
Sanctions may be due to non-compliance with the Organic Law for the Protection of Personal Data (Article 5, LOPD). Depending on the severity, they range from 900€ for minor infractions to 600,000€ for very serious ones. Or the Law on Services of the Information Society and Electronic Commerce (article 22.2, LSSI) may be breached, with penalties of 30,000€ to 150,000€.