Identifying cookies is an important step in your website’s privacy compliance. Enter the URL of a website and find out what cookies are being used and understand their purpose.
Cookies can be classified based on the following:
The necessary cookies are essential for a website to function properly. E.g., the cookies that check if you have logged in before. The non-necessary cookies are not essential for a website’s functioning. They are often added by the website for additional services. E.g., the cookies that set pop up advertisements you see on some websites.
The first-party cookies are set by the website itself that the user is currently visiting. They are used for services like checking login status and holding shopping cart items. The third-party cookies are set by other websites or third-party tools to track user behavior on the current site. E.g., Google Analytics cookies that track users for measuring conversions.
The session cookies expire once the browser is closed and the session ends. E.g., the session cookies on a shopping website hold the items in the cart even the users proceed to a new page. The persistent cookies, on the other hand, stay on the user’s browser for a longer period and only expire when they reach their expiration period assigned to them. Unlike the session cookies, the persistent cookies hold the items in the online shopping cart even after the users close the browser so that they can access them on their next visit.
You can check the cookies on a website using the developer console of all the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. Read more about it here.
The other method is by using an online cookie scanner that will scan your website for cookies and identify them. They are much better than the manual methods because they are fast and you do not have to worry about categorizing cookies.
Privacy laws like the EU cookie laws mandate that the websites must disclose what cookies are being used on the website and why, who installs them (or who the data is shared with), and how long they are stored. For that, you need to know the cookies set by your website. Checking cookies on your website will give you the list of cookies, and then you can compile their details.
Note: You cannot store cookies on the users’ browsers without first obtaining their consent to do so.
A cookie scanner or checker is a website scanning tool that scans a website for cookies and generates a cookie scan report containing detailed information. It crawls the web page, activates all the cookies, and collects the necessary details about them.
CookieServe is one such cookie checker tool that identifies and generates a report on the cookies of a website in a matter of seconds.
CookieServe is a cookie scanner freeware powered by CookieYes to identify cookies used by a website. Once you submit the URL, it will crawl through the page and detect the cookies in seconds. It will then generate a scan report containing details, such as name, type, description (purpose), domain, and duration of cookies.
You can share this information with the website visitors and also get one step closer to compliance.
Unlike Cookiebot, Piwik, and OneTrust cookie scanners, CookieServe only takes a few seconds to complete its scan for the desired URL. You will get the scan report for the URL entered on the site itself. You can use the scanner to view cookies on any website, such as WordPress, Magento, and Wix.
Both GDPR and CCPA require websites to disclose details about cookies, such as their type, source, purpose, data they collect, and to whom they share or sell it. In the former, GDPR cookie consent is mandatory for setting cookies, whereas, for CCPA compliance, users must be able to opt out (opt-in is not mandatory).
CookieYes is an easy and powerful solution for cookie consent for GDPR and CCPA compliance. It will help you display a cookie banner that can be easily customized to match the design and theme of your website.
CookieYes will automatically block third-party cookies before you receive the users’ consent. Also, it will scan multiple pages of the website to check all the cookies present and add them to the cookies list after categorizing them. It also adds the description of the cookies detailing the purpose of the cookies. This makes sure that users give their consent based on the cookie information provided.
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