Even though cookies are mentioned only once in the GDPR, cookie consent is nonetheless a cornerstone of compliance for websites with EU-located users.
Cookie Categories: Categorize cookies used in your application. Common categories include essential, functional, analytical, and marketing cookies. This classification helps users make informed choices about which cookies they want to accept.
Consent Management: Store user consent preferences in a secure manner. If a user consents to certain types of cookies, set a cookie or store the preference in your database. Make it easy for users to change their preferences at any time.
Anonymize IP Addresses: If you're using Google Analytics or similar tools, configure them to anonymize IP addresses. This helps protect user privacy.
Data Retention: Ensure that your application doesn't retain user data longer than necessary. Implement automated data deletion processes to comply with GDPR's data minimization principle.
Data Access and Portability: Provide users with the ability to access their data and, if requested, export it in a machine-readable format.
Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA): Perform DPIAs for data processing activities that present a high risk to user privacy.
Third-Party Services: Review and document the use of third-party services and their GDPR compliance. Ensure that their data processing aligns with GDPR requirements.