More privacy for your visitors, important news for your website: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a preliminary decision on the use of tracking tools and cookies (find the full judgment here: CJEU, 29.07.2019 – C-40/17).
Based on current legislation, cookies are activated by default on most websites and visitors can object to or “opt-out” of cookies, if they want to. According to the latest CJEU ruling, this interpretation may be subject to change. Under the new interpretation, certain tools, trackers, and cookies may only be used if visitors actively agree to them or “opt-in.”
In this article, we explain what the CJEU‘s decision means for you and some changes we’ll be making to keep your website compliant.
Cookies are small files that can be stored in an internet user’s browser. Cookies allow websites or servers to recognize users, track activities, and create statistics.
CJEU: Visitors must consent to different types of cookies
The decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union was triggered by a dispute over Facebook’s “like” button, which users can also include on their websites. More specifically, it concerned the question, “Who is responsible for the data collected by this button?” Is it the person who owns the website or is it Facebook?
The “opt-in obligation” lets visitors decide
You might have heard about the “opt-in obligation” in the media—but what does it mean?
Jimdo will update the cookie notice on your website
The CJEU ruling affects all websites for EU users—whether you have a Facebook button or not.
Of course, we’ll implement the new CJEU ruling for you, so your website can continue to be GDPR compliant. The main difference will be the customized cookie banner:
- Visitors will still see a message (cookie banner) when they visit your website but it will now include three options: Accept, Decline, and Cookie Preferences
If you’re using Jimdo Creator, please remember that the “opt-in” function for cookies must be enabled on your site for the GDPR compliant cookie banner to be shown.
Your statistics require cookies
As always, we recommend contacting a legal expert if you’re unsure, as we cannot offer you legal advice.
With Jimdo, your website is well-prepared for the GDPR and legal updates, so you can get back to running your business. We hope this article has given you a good overview of how your website will change following the CJEU ruling!