What is a cookie consent policy?

A cookie consent policy is a statement that explains to website visitors how cookies are used on the website and asks for their consent to use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user's computer or mobile device when they visit a website. They are commonly used to track user behavior, remember user preferences, and provide personalized content or advertising.

Many countries, including the European Union, require websites to obtain user consent before using cookies, and to provide clear and comprehensive information about the types of cookies being used, their purpose, and the data they collect. This is typically done through a cookie consent policy.

The cookie consent policy should explain what types of cookies are used on the website, including essential cookies that are necessary for the website to function properly, and non-essential cookies that are used for analytics, advertising, or other purposes. The policy should also explain how long the cookies will be stored on the user's device, and whether third-party cookies are used.

The cookie consent policy should also provide users with options to manage or disable cookies, and explain the potential consequences of doing so, such as reduced functionality or personalized content.