5 WordPress plugins to comply with the new EU cookie law

21st June 2012    

If your website uses cookies for non-essential things like tracking visitors (analytics scripts do this) or saving user preferences between visits, the new EU cookie law is something you should know about. You can read the full gibberish here, but basically what it says is that we now must inform our site visitors that cookies are in use and what we’re using them for, and give them the opportunity to opt out.

As you might expect, the WordPress developer community immediately rushed to crank out an impressive number of plugins dealing with the issue, including the one in use here on our own site (number 1 on the list!). Here’s a list of 5 WordPress plugins to make cookie compliance simple and painless.

EU Cookie Law by Alex Moss / Shane Jones

EU Cookie Law is the plugin that created the little black popup in the bottom corner of the screen on your first visit to this site. It’s easy to configure and does what it says on the tin. Lovely.

Oik Privacy Policy by Herb Miller

Oik Privacy Policy isn’t a standalone cookie compliance plugin, rather it helps you easily set up a compliant privacy policy page just to cover all the bases. Especially important if you’re using cookies to serve ads on your site.

Cookie Control by Sherred

Cookie Control is the WordPress plugin version of the cookie compliance script from CivicUK.

Cookillian by Mike Green

Cookillian is a little more fully-featured, only displaying the alert to visitors originating in the countries you choose, and automatically disabling cookies for these users until consent is given.

Cookie Warning by Dourou

Cookie Warning takes a stricter approach, presenting first-time visitors to your site with a popup informing them about cookie use, and redirecting them away from the site completely if they do not accept. Harsh but fair!

These plugins all have the same goal; to make complying with the new cookie law as easy for WordPress users as possible. It’s still up to you to make sure the text in your alerts is informative for your users, and you may find that running a cookie audit is helpful in figuring out just what cookies your site is setting, but all in all this list should help make cookie compliance a lot less daunting.

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