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In this context, a cookie obviously isn't a tasty snack. Instead, the term refers to a small piece of data that a website sends to your web or mobile browser when you visit the site.
The main purpose of cookies is to improve your experience when you visit the same website again in the future. For example, cookies can remember your language and site preferences, ensure that items remain in your shopping cart, and track what pages you've previously visited.
However, cookies can also collect the personal information of site users, which is why there are requirements in place for website owners to inform users about what cookies are on their site.
In many cases, it's a requirement for website owners under the Privacy Act.
In Australia, the collection of personal information is governed by the Australian Privacy Principles, which are in turn part of the Privacy Act. While these principles don't make any specific mention of cookies, they do outline your requirements for notifying users about the collection of personal information. Check whether your company or organisation is required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles to determine your notification requirements.
It's a legal requirement for any organisation or agency covered by the Privacy Act and includes:
The terms and conditions contained in the Australian Privacy Principles are quite complicated. For example, they specify the difference between personal information and sensitive information — if your cookies collect the latter, you must get the consent of users first. There's also a distinction between express and implied consent, as outlined by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Next, you may need to consider whether your website will need to comply with the EU's ePrivacy Directive or GDPR laws. If you do, the disclosure requirements are different than they are for Australian website users, so you may want to speak to a lawyer for advice tailored to your business.
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