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How-To Check Your Blogger Blog's EU "Cookie" Notice (Pictorial Guide)

By Edited Feb 9, 2016 2 0
Background "A Blog for the Underdog" | Sweet Rainbow Sugar Cookies added with Pixlr
Credit: RoseWrites (background is my Blog) | Two Sweet Rainbow Sugar Cookies by D Sharon Pruitt on flickr (CC-by-2.0)

If you have a blog on Blogger, you probably received a notice on your dashboard that you need to comply with EU (European Union) laws regarding the use of cookies.

Thankfully, Google automatically added a notice on Blogger blogs which explains their use of certain Blogger and Google cookies.

This notice also covers Google Analytics and AdSense cookies too. 

However, you probably wondered about this statement:

"You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you."

Since I needed to verify my own blog, I thought I'd create a short pictorial guide to help others.

On Your Design Page (aka Dashboard)

Beside Overview You'll See an Announcement Icon

On Design Page of Blogger Announcement Icon
Credit: RoseWrites

Just Click on Overview

You'll see a box with three short paragraphs (shown next). For peace of mind, you want to confirm that these automatic notices display properly and work on your Blogger blog.

Automated Notice on Blogger Blog from Google
Credit: RoseWrites

If You Live Outside the EU

You can easily check to see if the notification displays (and works properly) just by changing your blog URL. Specifically, the code of the country which is shown at the end of your URL.

All you do is swap out the letters after "blogspot." and change those to either co.uk or fr

For example, my URL is: http://roserightswrongs.blogspot.ca

All I did was change it to: http://roserightswrongs.blogspot.co.uk

Or you could use: http://roserightswrongs.blogspot.fr

When you view your blog with either co.uk or fr added to the end of your blog's URL, you need to be able to clearly read the following three sentences and see two clickable buttons:

"This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services, to personalise ads and to analyse traffic. Information about your use of this site is shared with Google. By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies. [Learn More] [Got it]"

This Prompt May Cover Part of Your Blog

Cookie Notice the Google Automatically Places on Blogger Blogs
Credit: RoseWrites

When "Learn More" is Clicked On

You (or your EU reader) should be led to Google's Privacy and Terms section titled How Google Uses Cookies.[1] On this page, there is also 4:30 video that explains to whomever lands on your page what cookies are all about (screenshot shown next).

If Someone Wants to "Learn More"

How Google Uses Cookies (Screenshot of Page)
Credit: RoseWrites

When "Got it" is Pressed

Well, it looks like yet another notice appears on the navigation bar (the line at the very top; it doesn't cover your title or text). Similarly, it states:

"This site uses cookies to help deliver services. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies. [Learn more] [Got it]"

When "Got it" is click, prompt appears on navigation bar

When "Learn more" is pressed on, it returns to the "How Google Uses Cookies" page (shown previously, with the video). When "Got it" is pressed on, the prompt disappears and your blog displays as usual.

I suppose there is a two-stage confirmation to this whole process (just to be doubly sure).

Well, jolly good.

If You Have Edited Your Blog

And It Hides This Notice

It's entirely up to you to notify your readers about cookies and (if required) obtain their consent.

Plus, if you added other features on your blog that incorporates cookies (including third-party analytics or advertising services) you will need to provide an additional (or different) notice.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with an exact "template" for this.

It needs to be written clearly and in a suitable manner based on your specific cookie use. And, you still need to be sure it complies with Google's EU User Consent Policy.[2] (NOTE: Bibliography at end of my article provides links for this and all of my footnotes).

A couple of examples I found on Google's Helping Publishers With Cookie Consent[5] page are:

For Websites:

"We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. See details." (Hyperlink the last two words).

For An App:

"We use device identifiers to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share such identifiers and other information from your device with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. See details." (Hyperlink the last two words).

What Do I Hyperlink the "See Details" Part To?

When a user clicks on "See details" you need to offer more information or additional details. It may be part of your Privacy Policy or part of a specific cookie policy. 


With Google products, Google AdSense or DoubleClick for Publishers, your contract will require you to follow their EU User Consent Policy.[2]

If you are using Google Analytics Advertiser Features, you need to follow the Policy Requirements for Google Analytics Advertisers Features.[3]

To comply with disclosure obligations (in regards to Google's use of data), you may wish to display a link to How Google Uses Data When You Use Our Partners' Sites or Apps.[4]

Gosh I hope that helped. (Be sure to check my Bibliography for pertinent links).

What If I Don't Bother?

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will initially issue you a notice and provide more information about this law. Legal action will only ensue if a person, company, or organization refuses to comply or is actively making use of privacy-intrusive technologies.

Yes, a fine of up to £500,000 (780,875 USD) can be issued.

In an article by Craig Buckler titled Why Your Site is Now Illegal in Europe,[6] he states:

"The ICO accepts the legislation will be difficult to enforce, but will act against any company flouting the spirit of the law."

But he also warns that this will be something scammers may use to prey upon unsuspecting site owners. You might even receive these type of phony warnings:

"Your website contravenes European E-Privacy Directive 2009/136/EC. Your website is in violation. Act immediately to avoid a monetary penalty notice of up to £500,000, please forward payment of £10,000 to Corrupt & Vile Internet Solicitors . . ."

Bottom Line: 

If a regulatory agency or body does contact you, they will NOT charge money to help you identify any problems with your privacy policy or use of cookies. They will steer you to instructions on how to comply.

Do not click any links or respond to anyone contacting you or emailing you about cookie legislation fines or offering to help you (for a fee).



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  1. "How Google uses cookies." Google Privacy & Terms. 27/07/2015 <Web >
  2. "EU user consent policy." Google. 27/07/2015 <Web >
  3. "Policy requirements for Google Analytics Advertising Features." Google Analytics Help | Data Privacy & Security. 27/07/2015 <Web >
  4. "How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps." Google | Privacy & Terms. 27/07/2015 <Web >
  5. "Helping publishers with cookie consent." Google. 27/07/2015 <Web >
  6. Craig Buckler "Why Your Site is Now Illegal in Europe." SitePoint. 28/07/2015 <Web >

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