WordPress Cookie Plugin for GDPR & ePrivacy Compliance

What is Borlabs Cookie & what is the difference to other WP GDPR plugins?

Borlabs Cookie is a special cookie notice plugin for WordPress!

That WordPress Cookie Plugin von Borlabs lets your visitors use a checkbox or switch button to select which cookies they want to consent to (opt-in) for each cookie and cookie group. Many other cookie plugins only provide information about the use of cookies and sometimes only offer an opt-out, which is not GDPR-compliant.

With the introduction of the DSGVO (GDPR) or at the latest with the ePrivacy Regulation, cookies may no longer be set without the consent of the visitor (opt-in obligation). When you visit your website, you will receive a notification and the option to save your preference (cookie settings) by making a simple selection. You can easily adapt options and texts to your needs. No personal data is collected by Borlabs Cookie. The IP address is not used either, which has been classified as personal data since the GDPR.

The Borlabs Cookie Plugin contains the necessary code for Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Google Tag Manager and Facebook Pixel Tracking. All you have to do is enter your tracking ID and Borlabs cookie will do the rest. In full GDPR compliance, the IP addresses of your visitors will only be transmitted to the services if they give their consent. The website does not have to be reloaded for the opt-in – the tracking codes are reloaded according to the user selection. There is also an integrated opt-out solution for your visitors required by the GDPR for your cookies. The cookie settings of your visitors are also stored in a log (without using the personal data) and you and your visitors can track when they gave which consent to which cookies.

Iframe content can be automatically blocked without transmitting the IP address to the external service. Your visitor then has the choice of which content to load and when. Borlabs Cookie also provides you with a shortcode that you can use to block almost any content and only make it available with a click. In this way, you can easily prevent your visitors’ IP addresses from being transmitted to YouTube, for example, without their consent.

WP Google Fonts or Google Fonts cannot and should not be blocked via our plugin. Technically it would be possible, but we advise against it. The font is necessary for the display of the website and must be loaded early. A subsequent loading would have undesirable optical effects. Google fonts should therefore either be integrated locally or at least be mentioned in the data protection declaration. According to Google, as little data as possible is collected for the fonts, see here: https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq.

The Borlabs cookie solution is also compatible with all WordPress caching plugins, offers WPML, Polylang and Weglot support, statistics and much more. Support for WooCommerce will soon be available for our plugin to save e-commerce sales in Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel and Matomo.

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented jointly by European countries and came into force on May 25th, 2018. The cookie policy states that the user must be informed of any action leading to the storage of personal data.

The cookie policy not only affects tracking cookies, but e.g. B. also server logs, contact forms and much more. The user must therefore agree or consent to this type of storage of his data.

That cookie plugin lets your visitors choose which cookies they want to consent to on your WordPress website.

If the storage of personal data is questioned, most website operators argue with the “legitimate interest” within their data protection declaration. In this case, consent would not be necessary and the storage of data would be permissible. However, courts have yet to decide how effective this reasoning is.

With the upcoming ePrivacy regulation, it will only be possible to set cookies with the user’s consent.

The ePrivacy Regulation also serves to define precise laws for the operation of data protection-compliant websites. It is not yet clear when the ePrivacy Regulation will come into force.