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Newsletter 02/2024

DSA came into force: Does the Digital Services Act apply to your company?

In our latest article, we look at the important updates and expanded obligations for additional online sites brought about by the Digital Services Act (DSA), a central part of the EU Commission’s “Europe Fit for the Digital Age” initiative. The DSA has been applicable to large online platforms and search engines since August 25, 2023, and has been fully applicable to other online platforms since February 17, 2024. Since many websites could be considered online platforms, they may be required to comply with the DSA. To find out whether you have to comply and what you can do about it, read on here: consentmanager

Removing third-party cookies and adjusting your CMP Consent Scope settings

The impending elimination of third-party cookies would require significant changes to websites’ consent processes. Due to these changes, we strongly encourage our users using our consent scope settings to switch to domain-specific consent. To learn more, please click here: consentmanager

Tool Spotlight: Scale your consent management with our multi-site features

Do you manage hundreds of websites simultaneously? Do you need to deliver a consistent CMP design to all your sites from a single dashboard? Or would you rather create individual setups that meet the different legal requirements of different locations? Our multi-site support tools allow you to streamline the online consent process for up to hundreds of websites! To help you get started, here’s a quick overview of our features:

Easily manage permissions and access across sub-accounts

Organizations that work with partners or customers may face the challenge of distributing access to different levels of data or reporting securely and efficiently. Our tools provide solutions with the ability to assign restricted access. You can create sub-accounts for partners or customers and give them access to specific data or reports.

Unified management of multiple sites

Manage multiple sites under a single account with a single CMP code. Implement the same CMP code across all websites to ensure consistent consent management practices and maintain design consistency and brand integrity across all digital fronts. Or apply special setups to enable compliance with different regulatory standards.

Automation and bulk processing functions

Automation allows you to perform bulk edits across a large number of websites, significantly increasing administrative efficiency. Unify your supplier lists by maintaining a consistent supplier list across all websites, simplifying interactions with third-party suppliers. Automatic purpose assignment allows website owners to automatically update and assign a consistent list of purposes for the trackers used on each website, eliminating the need for manual intervention.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our experts here!

Webinar: Google Consent Mode v2 – don’t miss it!

Everyone is talking about Google Consent Mode v2. Many advertisers and website operators still have a variety of questions about what exactly Google’s new guidelines mean for their business and how they need to implement the legal and technical requirements in detail.
consentmanager would like to answer these questions and explain the most important facts and necessary implementation steps in a webinar. In addition, Jan Winkler , CEO of consentmanager , will give you ample opportunity to ask your individual questions.

Webinar: Google Consent Mode v2 with Jan Winkler
In German: February 27, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. CET – Register now: consentmanager
In English: February 28, 2024 | 11:00 CET – Register now: consentmanager

Webinar “No cookies = loss of sales?” on March 11, 2024

On Monday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. the webinar “No cookies = loss of sales?” will take place together with our partner Refinery89. Learn more about the impact of a digital “cookieless” world on publishers and advertisers. The two experts Robin de Wit (CSO Refinery89) and Jan Winkler (CEO consentmanager ) discuss topics such as:

  • What can publishers expect in 2024 with regard to the new General Data Protection Regulation (DAS, DMA)?
  • Is there a direct connection between the abolition of cookies and loss of revenue?
  • Learn about cookie-safe solutions like Contextual+ and content design techniques that can help publishers and advertisers in a cookie-free world.

Register now:
The webinar will be held in English

Important update: New Swiss technical guidelines on consent

New technical guidelines from the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) require website owners, companies and organizations to block unnecessary cookies in advance. This update contradicts the guidelines of the current revised Federal Data Protection Act (nDSG), which means that website owners may need to update their consent collection mechanisms on their website.

The new Federal Data Protection Act (nDSG) clarifies how the personal data of Swiss citizens should be handled and places emphasis on “privacy by design” and “privacy by default”. However, no cookie banners were required for user consent.
However, the new guidelines in section 5.1 of the FDPIC’s Technical and Organisational Measures (TOM) document have expanded on these ideas and added new requirements. You need:

Prior blocking of non-essential cookies: Websites must disable non-essential cookies by default until users give their consent. Users’ privacy is protected from the moment they enter the site.
Active consent to additional cookies: Enabling non-essential cookies requires the active consent of the user and underlines the need for a clear and informed choice.
Minimal data collection through privacy-friendly default settings: The principle of “privacy protection through privacy-friendly default settings” requires that only the minimum information is processed after data collection.

Action points for compliance

Until the user’s consent is obtained, you should make sure to block the cookies set by your Consent Management Platform (CMP) in advance if your company is headquartered in Switzerland or if you want to address users based there. In order to legally obtain the user’s consent to the use of non-essential cookies, it is also important to implement a consent mechanism using a cookie banner or notice on your website.
If you need help, contact one of our experts immediately! consentmanager

More optimizations and adjustments in February

In February, the following adjustments and bug fixes were made, among others:
Various improvements and additional functionalities have been implemented in the CMP. For example, it is now possible to send the compliance report as an Excel file to any email address and to specify the sending frequency. In addition, it is now possible to add a vendor ID to the cookie list and add tags per vendor. With regard to the synchronization functions, the CMP settings can only be set for the provider list, the cookies and, if necessary, for the purposes and not for all settings together.
Further innovations and optimizations can be found in the complete release log:

Release protocol

  • New feature: DSA transparency support (IAB proposal)
  • Fix: Issue setting classification purposes to Always-On
  • Improved dropdown search design
  • Optimization report UX improvements
  • Allow “+” for email and username
  • Fix: Risk report bug, “Providers have no description” even though they have one
  • Fix: Crawler reports no consent mode found
  • Improved: Privacy Policy Generator
  • Fix: Staging/Publishing issue
  • Fix: Publishing rights missing
  • Fix: Live CMP cannot be selected in the dashboard selection box
  • Fix: Live CMP cannot be found in CMP modal search
  • Fix: TR missing in terms and conditions, imprint selection
  • Fix: Update default setting for new CMPs
  • Add a delete search to the table search bar
  • Fix: Display issues with cookie list search
  • Improved: Option to not sync CMP settings
  • Improved: Add default purpose description
  • Fix: Catch IBC response errors
  • Improved: Add vendor IDs to the cookie list
  • Improved: Set TCF defaults for purposes to false
  • Improved: Change first-party cookies to samesite=lax
  • Improved: Add height and width to CMP logo
  • Fix: Changing the purpose ID leads to incorrect list
  • Improved: Hide expand icon when there is no content
  • Add cookie export
  • Add ability to add notes to a supplier
  • Add ability to add tags per provider
  • Fix: Associated purposes show wrong providers
  • Improved: Supplier List: Bulk Edit: Add option to remove/delete suppliers
  • Fix: Add classic purposes sets everything to legitimate interest
  • Add option to email compliance report
  • Improved: Update CMP version when publishing
  • Fix: Download button not working
  • Fix: Language selection confuses EN with EN-en
  • Fix: Connected providers are not displayed correctly
  • Add option to not truncate cookie names
  • Fix: Cookie export type missing
  • Fix: Cookie list: type does not show the provider’s purpose
  • Fix: SEPA payment cannot be selected
  • Fix: Add Purpose button not working
  • Fix: Error in cookie layer: explainpurpose()
  • Fix: Speech recognition error: “es-es” is not recognized as “es”
  • Fix: TR missing in purpose description
  • Add new default designs
  • Fix: Problem copying CMPs
  • Improved: Cookie list export: Add 1st/3rd party column
  • Fix: Cookielist: Remove alias domain
  • Fix: JSON language download for default theme not working
  • Add option to disable transition effect in designs
  • Fix: Problems displaying the cookie list
  • Reporting: Add column for automatic acceptance (e.g. opt-out regulations)
  • Add option “Always activate provider, for whatever purpose…”
  • Fix: The count of available choices is wrong when changing designs
  • Fix: Clicking on the purpose arrow should also expand the description
  • Fix: Uploading translations for standard design doesn’t work

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