Updated- 31st December 2018
WHAT IS COOKIE?
Cookie also known by names like HTTP Cookie, Web Cookie, Internet Cookie, Browser Cookie is a small piece of data which is sent from a website and stored on the user’s device (phone, computer etc) by the user’s web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc) when the user is browsing.
Cookie allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user.
Cookie is a ‘Non-personal Information’ which is not personally identifiable by the user (you) but is essential for the proper functioning of most websites. Cookies are collected when you access my website and it allows to recognise every time you visit my website.
Cookies are also used to identify what items are in your shopping cart, whether you are logged in or not etc. (Here at www.writinglaw.com I have no selling/cart option or sign up/login functions.) But I have mentioned it so that you can easily understand what cookie is. You can read more in detail about cookies on this wikipedia article here- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
However, Third party services like Google Analytics (which is responsible for giving information about number of visitors etc) store cookies to track visitors for better services. If you have any concern with these third party services, please contact them directly.
Google Analytics website- https://www.google.com/analytics/
Thank You for understanding.
WHY AM I PUTTING THIS BANNER?
I know it is irritating to click on Cookie banners or Notification banners. But please understand that laws in many countries (especially European Union Countries) want websites to display cookie notice and take visitors permission to store cookies.
WHY THIS BANNER EVEN FOR INDIAN USERS?
I can use a free location based plugin and show this notice only for certain countries and not India (95% of visitors are from India). But honestly and frankly speaking, I am showing this for everyone because-
a) I do not want to use one extra plugin. Extra features will just slow the site and affect everyone.
b) Whether you are from India or any other country like Pakistan, USA, Brazil or European Countries, I do not want any plugin to track or collect your location. If a plugin is free, then it surely would do something with your data to get money and survive!
c) On my other site LawyersTech.com I have been using this cookie consent banner since early days. This site gets few visitors from European countries. As far as I know, WritingLaw has not seen a single visitor from European Union countries. However this site gets around 10-20 visitors daily from Pakistan, USA, Brazil etc but none from EU.
d) I want Google to notice that I respect laws. I am hopeful that Google shows my website on its first page of search and also on search list in EU countries. This would increase number of visitors and more visitors means more people might contribute and help the site to stay online and ad-free.
WHEN AND AFTER HOW MANY DAYS YOU WILL SEE THE BANNER AGAIN?
You will see this consent asking banner again after 30 days. However if you use a private tab / incognito window or clear cookies of your browser then you will see the banner again (doesn’t matter it has been 30 days or not)
Also you will see this banner on your every device on first visit.
For Example – You will see this banner on your phone and also on your computer once every 30 days. However, if cookies and all other browsing data are synced across your various devices then you might not see this banner on every device (e.g- when the browser used on both devices is same, like Chrome on phone and laptop or Safari on iPhone and MacBook and they sync browsing data across devices.)