Cookie Bar for WHMCS in line with EU Cookie Law Regulation
The EU Cookie Legislation or Cookie Law is intended to protect privacy online. It requires website owners to comply with the following rules:
- Provide information regarding how cookie data is used
A cookie is nothing more than a small file that your server stores on user's computer. It allows you to remain logged and keeps the items you add to your shopping cart. Such cookies are essential for the proper functioning of WHMCS.
Here's the twist. Essential cookies don't need consent. In this case you don't need to worry about regulations but before you close this page and consider yourself rightful, keep reading just a few lines.
All cookies that are not "strictly necessary" require user's consent therefore you have to comply with EU cookie law.
As a side note, EU regulation doesn't restrict the use of this technology. It doesn't even explicitly name cookies. In fact, there are plenty of ways to store information to user's computer like for example:
- Local Storage
- Web SQL
The thing is that cookies are the most used technology, which is why the regulation is commonly known as cookie law.
The table below summarizes whether or not you have to comply with regulation if you are from Europe. Speaking of Europe, you could be interested in our VIES Check for WHMCS.
|European website||Comply with EU Cookie Law|
This table is for extra-European entities.
|extra-European website||Comply with EU Cookie Law|
If you are required to comply with regulations, you need to implement in WHMCS the so called cookie bar. Keep reading to learn more.
In Billing Extension we integrated a cookie bar that can be fully customized from WHMCS administration. It lets you notify visitors about cookies and how data is being used. Below you can see a preview (click to enlarge).
The position, colors and link to policy can be customized from Addons > Billing Extension > Settings > Cookie Bar.