New Cookie Tool: Just in time for the enforcement deadline!

With just a day to go until the cookie law “enforcement day”, the new version of our cookie audit tool is now live. Please take it for a spin!

The tool now:

  • recognises more cookies
  • automatically creates a custom “Cookie Information Page” for your site (see our one for an example)
  • saves reports for future reference
  • (coming soon) has an export function
  • links into our free cookie warning button generator
  • We have a bug! The tool is currently recording an extra session cookie in the Services table in the summary report. Trying to iron this out at the moment but in the meantime it’s safe to ignore it

So what if if there’s only one day to go. All you need is an hour?

Our tool does not seek to be perfect, but does aim to fill the niche of “if you only have one hour (or even less) to spend on working towards compliance, then here is a good way to spend it”.

Here’s a video overview of the tool (no I will not seek to make a living by doing voice overs!)

We really welcome your feedback and ideas for improvements in the comments below.

Known Limitations

  • we don’t recognise every cookie but we will add to the database over time
  • we can’t track flash cookies and local storage objects so please ask your developers about them
  • we are ironing out some bugs with the “save for later” functionality
  • our warning triangle may or may not be compliant.

Happy auditing!


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11 thoughts on “New Cookie Tool: Just in time for the enforcement deadline!”

  1. Tim Barlow says:

    Have been having an interesting discussion on Twitter with Steve at Brightspace about whether 1 hour is a sensible claim or not (on the basis that people are managing to generate an output in about five minutes). We agreed that it is probably about right by the time you’ve delved into your cookies a bit more, tweaked your cookie information page and actaully added it to your site. What I did really like was Steve’s comment: “Its an hour to achieve compliance against a poss. £500k fine. Time well spent to me! :-)”

    Obviously we need to moderate that to “work towards compliance” until we know what compliance really looks like.

  2. Ian says:

    Have followed the instructions but all that happens on stop recording is a screen appears saying “please wait” and nothing else happens. Is it me doing something wrong?


    Ian B.

  3. christie says:

    Hi Ian,

    Thank you for using the tool and much appreciate the feedback!
    I have just tested the tool in relation to it not working for you and it was all ok for me, perhaps if you could try it again and let us know how it goes that time?



  4. DVD says:

    Correction – Every link for this cookie tool seems to opens the video guide! I want the download not the video! Thank you. David

    • Charlie Ward says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for checking out our Cookie Audit tool. If you click on the ‘install cookie audit tool’ button it takes you through to the Chrome store where you can click on the ‘+ free’ in the right hand corner. That’s all you need to do to download the tool. Hope that helps!

      Best wishes,

  5. Enrico says:

    first of all thank ypu very much for you initiative… i love your plugin but i can’t understand the meaning of the 1st? coloumn and also of the relevant values Yes and No
    May you help me?
    Thanks in advance

    • Attacat Tim says:

      Hi Enrico

      This is about whether a cookie is a first party or third party cookie. i.e. whether the cookie is associated with your domain (first party) or someone else’s (third party) (The second party being the user using your website). In terms of compliance the difference is not that important – you are responsible for any cookies set by your site whether they are third party or not.

      Traditionally cookie blocking programs are more likely to block third party rather than first party cookies, which is why Google Analytics is designed in a way to make the cookies look like the site owners, rather than Google’s.

      Why do we include the column? Simply because it may help you to identify the source of the cookie.

      I hope that helps.


  6. Gerard says:

    Dear Enrico,

    The docs state “Clear your cookie history”. Is that for the one website I want to test, or all cookie history in general?

    Thanks a lot.



    • Attacat Tim says:

      Hi Gerard

      It will clear all cookie history not just the site. If you don’t want to lose all your cookie history (as it will log you out of services etc) then one workaround is to download Chrome canary and use that to do your audit. Hope that helps. Cheers. Tim

  7. Malcolm says:

    I am a novice wordpress and website developer for a small parish council struggling with GDPR. I found you Cookie Audit Tool very easy to use and while the report generated is very helpful and will be useful I did found a couple of items it identified mystifying; See extracts or the report below

    Cookie setting tools
    1. Session Yes 2 1 Probably a session cookie. Sugar and spice mostly but in the hands of SPECTRE, who knows – discuss with your developer
    2. Your Own Yes 1 ? Have a cuppa, chat to your developer.
    List of 1st Party
    1. BNGLAMDGBNGLAMDG – Grab a cuppa with your developer and run through the detailed log.
    2. PHPSESSID – Session Cookie
    Question 1 – I have not (knowingly set any cookies) so how do I confirm they are session cookies and ensure they are safe?
    Our cookies help us:
    • Make our website work as you’d expect
    • Improve the speed/security of the site
    • Continuously improve our website for you
    • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
    Question 2 There is no marketing on the web site as it provides information only. I do track usage (by number and page view) using Google Analytics. What caused you tool to add the forth bullet point above?

    • Attacat Tim says:

      Hi Malcolm.

      Re the session cookies. These are almost certainly harmless session cookies set by WordPress. In terms of GDPR risk they are a very very long way down the pecking order of concern. The only potential risk is one of them being related to a dodgy plugin that you may have installed.

      The marketing comment comes from your use of Google analytics. It is collecting marketing information whether you see it as marketing info or not. Whilst again it’s low on the list of GDPR sins some will argue that Google Analytics without consent is in breach of GDPR. We’ve opted to mention it in our cookie warning banner.

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