Do I need a cookie banner in the UK?

In the United Kingdom, the use of cookies and similar technologies is regulated by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, derived from the EU’s ePrivacy Directive.

PECR along with UK GDPR requires websites to obtain consent from users before placing certain types of cookies on their devices. Suppose you operate a website in the UK and use non-essential cookies, such as those used for analytics, advertising, and social media. In that case, you will need to display a cookie banner and obtain the user’s consent before placing such cookies on their device.

You should also provide clear and comprehensive information about your use of cookies, including how users can manage or opt out of their use. Essential cookies, which are necessary for the website’s operation, do not require consent.