Newsletter 2023/01

New Summary Report & New Design Options

This month we made many small improvements. Of these improvements, we would like to present two features in particular:
First, we’ve added an overview report (Menu > Reports > Overview). The report summarizes the information from various reports and creates a simple and quick overview of the performance of a CMP. In addition to the important key data, there is also our new traffic flow chart. This will help you to understand more easily how user decisions are made – how much traffic is accepted and how it happened.

The second new feature we would like to introduce is the new design option for the display of the consent layer (Menu > Themes > Edit > Behavior > Display). Here you can now choose between different timeouts and animations. In particular, this can ensure that users pay more attention to the consent layer and can improve the acceptance rate.

Important: Abolition of old codes

We would like to inform you that code changes will be necessary for customers who created codes before June 2021. The first step has already been taken with the current update. We’ve started getting rid of old codes. In the first step, from July 1st, 2023, all old codes that still contain the domain consensu.org will be disabled. This affects automatic block codes, manual/semi-automatic block codes, cookie list codes, vendor list codes, JS API access, AMP codes, and mobile SDKs.
Codes issued before mid-2021 contain URLs for the consentmanager.mgr.consensu.org domain. If you use codes that contain this domain, please update the codes to the new version, which you can find in your consentmanager login. In order to make it easier to understand whether you are affected, we will shortly (update in February) display further information on your consentmanager dashboard.

Consumer advocates achieve success in terms of data protection-compliant cookie banners

In the current case of Burda-Verlag (focus.de), the Federal Consumer Association (VZBV) has achieved a partial victory in relation to the use of inadequate cookie banners.

What happened?

Burda-Verlag has used a “cross-domain recording of user behavior for analysis and marketing purposes” with over hundreds of providers on Focus Online. This is not the actual violation per se. However, consumer advocates saw a violation of the consumer’s data protection rights with regard to the insufficient Design of the respective cookie consent layer and the associated insufficient information for users about the use of their data.
This lawsuit was ultimately successful before the district court in Munich. At the end of November 2022, the district court agreed with the consumer advocates (at least in part) that the design of the cookie banners on the Burda-Verlag website did not meet the data protection requirements of the TTDSG.
The example of the Burda publishing house shows once again how important it is to use a correct cookie banner. In addition to the essential integration of a reject button (same prominence as the accept button), this also includes requirements such as reducing the list of providers.

What do you have to consider when designing a legally compliant cookie layer?

We have put together some help for you:

Update: News from the IAB TCF procedure in Belgium

There are new developments in the procedure for the IAB Europe and the IAB TCF standard in Belgium. The competent authority (APD) has approved the action plan submitted by IAB Europe. IAB Europe now has until around mid-July to implement the points provided for in the action plan. This is a good sign for the users of the IAB TCF: It is one more step in the direction of a compliant procedure and towards a “Code of Conduct” (voluntary commitment by the industry), which would mean a high level of legal certainty for websites.
The planned changes to the action plan include some adjustments to the TCF policy, the elimination of the consensu.org domain (see above) and other adjustments to the TCF technology. We will keep you up to date at this point.

More optimizations and adjustments in January

In January there were, among other things, the following small innovations and changes:
Optimizations were implemented in the improved display of linked providers (“subservices”), which gives the website visitor a more transparent overview of the providers used. Advanced button combos have also been added to the CMP. For providers who use special purposes or features, descriptive texts have been added to the provider details.
Further innovations and optimizations can be found in the complete release log:

Release Log

  • CMP-1576 Management Report
  • CMP-1563 Expanded Carousel mode: Issue / Enable all vendors toggle enables all
  • CMP-1525 Make subservices more promiment
  • CMP-1542 Add option to display layer with a delay
  • CMP-1366 Add option to show two buttons instead of a toggle
  • CMP-1478 Add option to set when LI is established
  • CMP-1070 Switch CMP-IDs in Codes to random text
  • CMP-1247 2nd layer: option to fold 1st purpose
  • CMP-1564 Add button combination save+reject
  • CMP-1569 Issue: Flag scrolls with layer scroll
  • CMP-1502 Customsettings are missing an animation
  • CMP-1504 Custom accept is missing an animation
  • CMP-1565 Add option to share cookie description across CMPs
  • CMP-1567 DataLayer: Add property telling how consent data was found
  • CMP-1570 TCF special purpose description not displayed
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