Consent Management Platform (CMP)

A Consent Management Platform (CMP) is a software that ensures websites’ compliance with data protection regulations.

A CMP reads and updates the Legal Basis status of vendors in the Global Vendor List (GVL) to communicate the legal bases of the data processing in the current version to the end user. It facilitates the legal compliance of website operators by offering several features and in particular:

  • display a cookie banner when a user accesses a website for the first time  
  • inform the users about the cookies and other tracking technologies used  
  • prevent tracking technologies from firing before the user give consent
  • control all cookies and other tracking technologies firing on the website
  • collect and record users’ consent preferences  
  • manage data subjects (users) requests, e.g. withdrawal of consent (opt-out)

For website operators, it helps to inform visitors about the use of cookies and other similar technologies when accessing the website, the types of data that they collect and the purposes of such data processing. For that they need their active consent. For users, it enables protection of their privacy when visiting websites across the Internet.

According to the EU e-Privacy legislation and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a consent must be asked BEFORE placing tracking technologies, such as cookies and pixels.

For a consent to be valid under the GDPR, it should be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous.

All websites use tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, etc. in order to collect certain information from their visitors and operate properly. These technologies may be placed either by the website itself or by other parties, such as partners or customers of that website, social media plugins or embedded videos. All  technologies are required by law to have the prior consent of the end-users, with the exception of strictly necessary technologies that are essential for the proper operation of the website.