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Anyone who operates a website must include a cookie notice and a corresponding adjustment option for visitors. The Borlabs Plugin In my opinion, it is the best solution for WordPress to actually make tracking cookies rejectable for visitors. For me, Borlabs stands out from the crowd of cookies notification plugins for WordPress because it offers an opt-in option with which users can actively agree that and which cookies will be set. It is important that this happens before one of the small files is placed on the computer - technically demanding, but feasible with the solution presented here.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this post is not intended to provide legal advice.
Most people with their own website already use plugins that issue a cookie notice, but - as far as I am informed - an opt-in for cookies is required under EU law. This means that when users access the page, they must receive a note with checkboxes and information on cookie usage and runtime. This must also include the option of only accepting what should actually be accepted. Until then, no cookie may be set, which is technically quite a demanding thing.
For this reason, I also opted for the Borlabs cookie solution, which I also install for my customers. The configuration is quite comfortable, as there are predefined services such as YouTube, Google Analytics and the like that can be easily activated with a checkbox.
If you use tracking that is not yet supported by Borlabs, you can create this as a new cookie and integrate this into the selection. So you can be sure that you really cover all areas that need to be covered.
Another feature that free plugins usually don't have is the content blocker. For example, embedded YouTube videos are replaced by a placeholder that indicates that you have to click on the video to start. The normal preview that YouTube offers when embedding via iFrame already sets a cookie that is actually only allowed to be set after the visitor has given permission.
I've had feedback from some readers that they have a see white box and get no furtherwhen they land on my blog. The problem here is obviously an ad blocker in Safari that hides the contents of the cookie box, but not the box itself. This means that there is no way for the visitor to close the box and read the blog. This has been the case at least with 1Blocker and AdGuard.
Even if the price of 39 euros per website and year hurts a bit, it is a good investment because the free plugins that are available are on the one hand quite complicated to use and on the other hand do not guarantee legal compliance. At Borlabs, they are constantly working to ensure that the plugin complies with the legal requirements of the EU. For agencies or people with multiple websites, there are also larger packages that can be purchased. 25 licenses (for 25 domains) cost only 149 euros. Instead of 39 euros per page, that's only 5,96 euros.
You can find more information, details on usage and options to buy “Borlabs Cookie” as a WordPress plugin on the official website. There you will also find the other solutions that make your website legally secure and even faster. In addition to “Borlabs Cookie”, there is also “Borlabs Opt-In” for website forms and “Borlabs Cache” to speed up the website.
Anyone who likes moving images will find here is a video on YouTube, which gives a small overview of the possibilities and features of the Borlabs plugin.
In the developer's blog you will find current information, legal notices and answers to important questions about WordPress, legal security, plugins and cookies. As you can see above, I use the cookie plugin for the Sir Apfelot blog myself. So if you have basic questions or maybe a hint for better use, please leave a comment under this post;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.