Performing a Cookie Audit is one of the first steps to perform to achieve compliance with the UK cookie law / EU cookie directive.
There are a number ways of doing it
- Get someone else to do it for you. Depending on who you hire, this may cost a lot of money.
- Use a FREE tool and try to do it yourself
- Use an automated tool that predicts the cookies your site will serve.
- A combination of the above.
Hire someone to do a cookie audit
If you want to do this then use Google search for “cookie audit”.
Use a FREE tool
You can use a tool such as the Cookie Audit Tool from attacat to help you identify the cookies your website serves up. This is a manual tool – you have to drive it.
Alternatively, use the cookiecert.com service. This tool uses autobots to visit your site.
My experience with cookiecert is mixed; it seems to report cookies that come from other sites (e.g. PayPal) or it can be tricked into not finding any cookies (e.g. paulsmith.co.uk – attacat reports 7 cookies on the home page)
Use an automated tool that predicts cookies
See the design of the cookie-cat plugin
A combination of the above
In order to create this catalog I have tried all of the above methods.
It’s a laborious process and not the sort of thing you’d really want to do if you don’t have to.
So that’s why we recommend this solution!