For this example, we will set up a consent that almost all websites will want to use; a consent for functional cookies. (More complex examples and tutorials are available in Advanced Setup.)
1. Creating a new consent
In your WordPress admin panel, Click:
GDPR Consent > New Consent
Give your new consent a descriptive title that quickly explains what the consent is for; ‘Display relevant advertisements’ or ‘Store your wishlist’ are good examples.
Give your new consent a descriptive text that explains why you want to collect that specific data and how you intend to process the visitors data.
Tip: Avoid technical words like ‘scripts’, ‘cookies’ and ‘browser cache’. The goal is to inform the user what you are going to do with their information, not how you are technically going to do it.
2. Configuring a consent as mandatory
To be able to run your WordPress website your website most probably places a cookie in a visitors browser now and then. This may be for a logged in user or for Google Analytics purposes. These cookies are essential to running the website and serve no other purpose than a technical one.
Although GDRP does not require visitors to consent to these functional cookies explicitely, you do need to tell your visitors that they are being used. We will make this consent mandatory.
In the consent screen, tick the box under ‘Consent Options’ on the right to make this consent set by default. Visitors can not turn these types of consents off either. (Remember, only use these types of consents for purely functional data collection)
3. Configuring a consent as optional
An optional consent is a consent that a visitor explicitely has to agree to for it to be in effect. The GDPR requires that any processing of personal data by a company acting in the EU must be consented to by the consumer.Almost all analytics, facebook pixels, twitter embeds and other externally sourced services should be seen as non-functional uses of personal data and hence require that a visitor to a site must give you permission before you can track their activities, for instance.
To set up a consent as optional, leave its ‘mandatory’ setting turned off.