HTTP cookies are small text files that websites place and store on the computers and mobile devices of their users. These files are generally used to improve the user experience, but may contain personal information about the user or their behavior on the website.
Download our template below and read our guide to create one for your own website.
Simply click the box below to see an example of a generic cookies policy, or click the button beneath it to download the document in Microsoft Word and PDF file formats.
In addition to cookies, the policy should outline other types of tracking technologies that may be used by your site — such as web beacons and pixel tags.
A comprehensive cookies policy will contain the following key parts:
- An explanation of what website cookies are
- A description of the types of first-party cookies used by your site
- A description of the types of third-party cookies used by your site
- An explanation of how these cookies are used
- An explanation of why these cookies are used
- Detailed instructions on how users can set their cookie preferences
If you create this document yourself, you can house it on a dedicated page on your site, or you can link users to a Word document or pdf file.
5. Examples of Cookie Policies
While the content of your policy should reflect the cookie template above and the key features outlined in this guide, the way those details are presented can differ from site to site.
Here are a few examples of cookie policies that are effectively presented to users:
As data privacy and the role of cookies in data collection become topics of increasing discussion, new cookie laws are cropping up, and existing laws are hammering down on non-compliant companies.