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Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:28 pm
by dsteuer
Hi friends,
I'm asking to get clarification if flatpress is DSGVO compliant. Or do we need some kind of cookie banner?
Just curious...

Detlef

Re: Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:42 pm
by Tongara
Good question, I'm sure someone here will let you know soon enough.

Regardless, I think there is a plugin here on the wiki for this.
https://wiki.flatpress.org/res:plugins: ... _directive

More info on this plugin here, too:
https://www.gsys.biz/blog/eu-cookie-directive-plugin

Even if it's not exactly what you're looking for, I'm sure you could adapt it for such.

Re: Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:57 pm
by Arvid
Hi,

FlatPress sets different kinds of cookies.
  • At first, a session cookie. https://gdpr.eu/cookies/ says about this:
    Strictly necessary cookies — These cookies are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site. Cookies that allow web shops to hold your items in your cart while you are shopping online are an example of strictly necessary cookies. These cookies will generally be first-party session cookies. While it is not required to obtain consent for these cookies, what they do and why they are necessary should be explained to the user.
    (Emphasis by me.)
  • Next is cookies that store your name, email, and website when commenting on a FlatPress blog. (So if you comment again later, your data is already there.) It seems to be a good idea to clarify that to your visitors.
  • And finally, FlatPress stores extra cookies when logging into the admin panel. But this has nothing to do with your visitors.
I am not a lawyer (and this is no legal advice), but in my understanding you do not need a cookie consent dialog for vanilla FlatPress, but you should mention the session and comment cookies in your privacy policy. Comment cookies may be explicitly mentioned directly next to the send button in the comment section of each entry.

Be aware that anything added to vanilla FlatPress may change the game immediately: Third-party plugins, social media buttons, analytics tools, ad programs, or assets like fonts or scripts loaded from CDNs.

Browsers allow you to view the data websites store on your computer; as for Firefox, the Storage Inspector does this job. In Chrome, use the DevTools.

All the best,
Arvid

Re: Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:39 pm
by dsteuer
Thank you both for the answers!

Detlef

Re: Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:58 pm
by Arvid
Thinking about this a little longer, I doubt we really need the comment cookies. Thinking about removing them.

What's your opinion?

Re: Does flatpress use cookies?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:33 pm
by dsteuer
I did not look into the source code. But it is an easy question: If not needed to provide function, remove. :-)

Detlef