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Gravatar and the GDPR – How to be compliant


What is Gravatar?

Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) is an image visualization service provided by Automattic Inc. that allows websites to incorporate content of this kind on their pages.

Do I need a Privacy Policy if I use Gravatar on my website?

Yes, you do.

If you use Gravatar, then add this service to your privacy policy. The personal data collected are various types of data as specified in their Terms of Use.

Do I need a Cookie Policy if I use Gravatar on my website?

Yes, you do.

Automattic may install cookies on your visitors’ devices, as stated in their cookie policy. Therefore, you’ll need a Cookie Policy as well.

Not sure if your website is installing cookies?
Check out our guide to identify the cookies your site installs in browsers.

→ How to generate a Cookie Policy in 10 seconds

Do I need a Cookie Banner if I use Gravatar on my website?

In general, websites that use third-party cookies as well as their own cookies for tracking and analytics must comply with the law and to do so are required to obtain the user’s express consent.

If you operate in the EU or could potentially have EU users, you need to comply with the Cookie Law.

Our Privacy Controls and Cookie Solution complies with provisions of the Cookie Law; it allows you to easily inform users, facilitate their consent and includes the option to preemptively block any scripts that could install cookies prior to consent (required in many EU countries).

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How to Create a GDPR Privacy and Cookie Policy for Gravatar

With iubenda, you can easily declare which services your website uses to collect data. You can find the “Gravatar” service in the “Displaying content from external platforms” section of our Privacy and Cookie Policy Generator.

Not sure what services to select and add to your privacy policy?
Scan your website using the Site Scanner feature of iubenda and get a list of all services used on your website right away.

Trusted by 60.000 clients, iubenda is the easiest and most professional way to generate and manage privacy & cookie policies and terms & conditions, to store and manage user consent, and to comply with the ePrivacy (Cookie Law), the GDPR and the CCPA.