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GitHub (button & social widgets) and the GDPR – How to be compliant


What are the GitHub button and social widgets?

The GitHub button and social widgets are services allowing interaction with the GitHub and Gist services provided by GitHub, Inc.

Do I need a Privacy Policy if I use the GitHub button and social widgets on my website?

Yes, you do.

If you use the GitHub button and social widgets, then add this service to your privacy policy. The personal data collected are various types of data as specified in their Privacy Statement.

Do I need a Cookie Policy if I use the GitHub button and social widgets on my website?

Yes, you do.

GitHub may install cookies on your visitors’ devices, as stated in their Privacy Statement. 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.

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Do I need a Cookie Banner if I use GitHub button and social widgets 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 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 the GitHub button and social widgets

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

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