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What is CookieScan?

CookieScan is your total cookie management solution that easily looks after the requirements of the current ePrivacy Directive and the GDPR. Once you start your 30-day free trial and enter the domain address of your website, CookieScan will perform a scan of your site and identify all the cookies used. Once they are identified, CookieScan places them in appropriate categories to be listed in your new pop-up for your website.

CookieScan also generates a totally compliant ‘Cookie Notice’ which can be easily accessed by your site users from a link placed at the top of your website cookie pop-up.

What types of cookie are there?

There are two types of cookie:

  • Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
  • Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follow: ‘Necessary’ cookies, ‘Preference’ cookies, ‘Statistics’ cookies and ‘Marketing’ or ‘Advertising’ cookies. There are also ‘Unclassified’ cookies, where the use has not been defined by the creator.

Necessary cookies (also known as Strictly Necessary or Essential cookies) are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like viewing other pages etc… These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.

These cookies are always turned on as we do not have to gain your consent to set them.

Examples of how we use ‘necessary’ cookies include:

  • Setting unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so site numbers can be analysed.
  • Navigation of the website pages.

Statistics cookies collect data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website; they don’t contain personal information such as names and email addresses and are used to improve your user experience of a website.

For us to set these cookies we need your consent, so the default setting is they are turned off, until we gain your informed consent to allow them.

Here are some examples of how we use Statistical cookies:

  • Gathering data about visits to the website, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from.
  • For comparison with other websites using data collected by industry-accepted measurement and research companies.

Information supplied by Statistic cookies helps us to understand how you use the website; for example, whether or not you have visited before, what you looked at or clicked on and how you found us. We can then use this data to help improve our services. We generally use independent analytics companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third-party company (third party cookies).

Preference cookies (also known as Functional cookies) allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news.

For us to set these cookies we need your consent, so the default setting is they are turned off, until we gain your informed consent to allow them.

Here is an example of how we use functionality cookies:

  • Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.

Marketing cookies (also known as Targeting cookies) are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you but can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission but can be placed by the operator themselves.

They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.

For us to set these cookies we need your consent, so the default setting is they are turned off, until we gain your informed consent to allow them.

How does CookieScan work?

Domain level blocking

CookieScan blocks cookies directly from the domain that provide them. This was CookieScan is not relying the categorisation of cookies, but the delivery method to your website.

JavaScript API

This will allow website owners to allow the functionality of the website even if the cookie used is blocked. This for example will allow a live feed to Twitter updates and news, even if the Twitter cookie is denied. The same can be said for YouTube videos used on your site.

Google Tag Managers

This function will allow CookieScan to let the Tag Manager know to fire tags when the consent for the tag or associated cookie is provided.

What else does CookieScan offer?

When developing CookieScan we were very conscious that we did not want something that did not look right on your website. Too many providers of this service make their pop-ups with the exact same look across all the sites they are on. We want to make CookieScan different and more attractive to site owners.

  1. The site owner has total control over the look of the pop-up, so have the ability to change the colour scheme of the pop-up to match the same colour scheme of your site. From your dashboard you can change the colour of the background, buttons, text, cookie description and even the slider on/off colours. This delivers a pop-up that is customised to your site and unique to you.
  2. We allow you to place a link to your own Privacy Notice, which is available to the site users on the top of the cookie pop-up. This makes it easy for the site user to see how you handle their data and shows you are totally transparent with your data protection compliance. Consumers are now looking at how websites communicate their responsibilities under data protection and how serious website owners are about the security of their data. The more transparent you are, the more confident the consumer is when dealing with you.
  3. The site owner can scan the website manually, up to three time per week, if you make any significant changes or just want to make sure you are fully up to date with your cookie usage. CookieScan will automatically scan you site every ?? days and update your Cookie Notice.
  4. CookieScan offers you real value for the service you receive. We have only two subscription types, Standard and Premium, starting from as little as £5 per month.

CookieScan’s Standard account offers you:

  • 1 domain
  • 100 pages scanned
  • Single language
  • Customisable dialog
  • Automatically updated cookie notice
  • JavaScript API

CookieScan’s Premium account offers:

  • 1 domain & unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited page scans
  • Multilingual
  • Customisable dialog
  • Automatically cookie notice
  • Integration with Google tag manager

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