With the arrival of the GDPR in 2018, the Cookie Law issued in 2014 began to show some weaknesses. It has therefore been strengthened and since the beginning of 2022 the owners of all websites must comply with the new guidelines on cookies.
At Qboxmail, we have always been very attentive to the respect of our users’ privacy, and we have analyzed the offer of Cookie Consent services and software currently available on the market, with the aim of identifying one suitable for our services.
In this article we’re going to summarize our analysis and comparison of some open source projects designed to meet the need to bring your website or application into compliance with the management of user consent of cookies.
In order to comply with the current Cookie Law, you can rely on open source projects. The main and most advanced ones are 3 and are offered by the following companies or developers:
Let’s analyze their features in detail:
Klaro is a European company that provides compliance services in Data protection and Cookie management for websites. The open source part of the code of their consent management platform (CMP) service, related to the front-end, is available on Github. The commercial version also offers a centralized panel where you can track and manage user consents. The project includes multi-language management.
Cookieconsent is developed by Osano, a US company focused on developing privacy management solutions for its customers. Cookieconsent is the open source version of their front-end.
The Cookieconsent project is developed by the Italian freelance Orest Bida, it is not the open source version of a commercial service like the previous two, but a free and independent project that provides a framework for managing cookies on websites. The project includes multi-language management and is well documented.
Among the 3 solutions, the simplest is certainly Osano / Cookieconsent (GitHub repository here). Through the Osano site it is possible to directly configure the banner through their configurator, which then provides the code to be copied on your web page.
Both plugins make it easy to “block” external scripts (such as Google Analytics) until the user has decided whether to give their consent or not. In case of consent, the scripts are “re-inserted” in the page and initialized, thus activating their normal operation.
Aesthetically OrestBida / Cookieconsent is more neutral and therefore it is easier to adapt it to the graphics of your website, WordPress theme or application.
Klaro, like Osano, offers the possibility of connecting to their service to have more advanced features such as tracking consents and collecting statistics.
The answer is simple, in all applications (websites, management applications, control panels, Apps) that can track and profile user activities through cookies. Even your Smart TV has to display the banner.
In theory, a website or application that creates and reads only technical cookies, always necessary for the functioning of the application itself, can avoid asking the user to choose which cookies to enable, in fact technical cookies are always allowed. While al lthe applications that create and read also profiling and third-party cookies must by law display the banner.
The Qboxmail team designs and develops all its services and products in Europe. It has always made sure to apply all the GDPR and cookie consent provisions to guarantee the protection of the personal data of its Users and Customers.
Click here to know in detail how Qboxmail applies the provisions of the GDPR.