keyboard for GDPR

Do you have set up a Processing Index for the GDPR in which you describe which personal data you process and how you protect it? Use our Processing Index tool to create your processing index.

GDPR Tool

A cookie is a small piece of data that your browser retrieves from a website that you are visiting and stores it locally on your computer. Websites use it to identify its users.

Cookies

There are three different types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: these cookies are only used during your visit (during a session) and automatically removed when you close your browser.
    Example: a shopping cart from an online shop that keeps track of all the items that you add to your shopping basket
  • Permanent cookies: these cookies are used for future visits and will be stored on your computer even after closing your browser.
    Example: cookies that contain a token that represents your login details and password so you don't have to enter it every time you visit the site
  • Third-party cookies: these cookies are installed by third parties and used for collecting information about the visitors.
    Example: Google Analytics uses cookies to distinguish different users that are using the same IP address (because they work in an office behind a firewall)

Cookies and GDPR

The GDPR distinguishes three types of cookies:

  • Functional cookies: these cookies are needed for a properly functioning website.
    Example: for a shopping cart or to remember login credentials
  • Analytical cookies: these cookies are used to generate statistics about visitors
    Example: Google Analytics cookies
  • Tracking cookies: these cookies are used to track visitors over various websites and mailing used for marketing purposes

Cookie Tool

To see all the cookies that you get from a website, you can use a browser like Google Chrome:

  • Right Click on a web page
  • Choose "Inspect"
  • Click on [Application] tab
  • under "Cookies" you should see the site that you are visiting
  • Right click on that and choose "clear" to remove all cookies
  • If you refresh your browser then you should see what cookies are created.

You could also use some online tools to check the cookies that are set,
for example: http://www.cookie-checker.com/