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In which countries do I need consent for cookies?

Countries where cookie consent is required

Firstly, let’s make a quick recap: in order to comply with the EU Cookie Law, if your website can be visited by European users and it installs any non-technical cookies, you have to:

  • provide a compliant cookie policy;
  • display a cookie banner at the user’s first visit;
  • block non-exempt cookies before obtaining user consent; and
  • release cookies only after informed consent has been provided.

Most importantly, you have to give visitors the opportunity to provide, withdraw or refuse consent. Prior to consent, no cookies – except for exempt cookies – can be installed.

That said, let’s answer the main question:

In which countries do I need consent for cookies?

Basically, United Kingdom and EU member states, I know:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

💡 To learn more about which EU cookie consent rules apply on a per-country basis, check out our Cookie Consent Cheatsheet here .

Now, let’s see which countries don’t require consent for cookies.

Which countries do not require cookie consent?

Outside of the EU, cookie laws are not as strict. For example, the United States and Australia are among the countries that don’t require consent for cookies.

Is cookie consent required in the US?

Essentially, the US does not require consent for cookies.

How iubenda can help you manage cookie consent

Our  Privacy Controls and Cookie Solution  allows you to manage all aspects of the Cookie Law, in particular:

  • easily inform users via cookie banner and a dedicated cookie policy page;
  • obtain and save cookie consent settings;
  • preventively block cookies prior to consent; and
  • keep track of consent and save consent settings for each user for up to 12 months from the last site visit.

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