As far as GDPR goes, not that the UK has left the EU, we are now classed as “a third country” – meaning a country outside of the EU without an adequacy decision.

There is a provision in the signed agreement (Dec 2020) that gives us an interim period of six months of unrestricted data flow between the two blocs – where personal data is allowed to be transferred between the UK and EU unrestricted as before. It is hoped that an adequacy decision will be reached before June 2021.

UK data law has been updated to allow for the removal of the EU GDPR’s domestic applicability, and now includes new domestic data privacy laws such as the new UK-GDPR and an updated Data Protection Act. The new UK-GDPR is essentially the same as the European GDPR.

Currently, the EU’s GDPR will still apply inside the EU for UK websites and companies that process personal data from inside the EU.

The GDPR/Brexit changes made to UK data privacy law are all contained in the government’s Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (DPPEC), which took effect on January 31, 2020.

So as it stands now, with regards to the GDPR after Brexit in the EU – there are no changes.

Additionally, on 3 July 2019, the UK Data Protection Authority, published new guidance on the use of cookies together with a ‘myth-busting’ blog post. Here they state that Implied consent is “no longer acceptable”. This basically means that having a statement that says that the site uses cookies and by using the site you agree to them – is no longer acceptable. The visitor has to physically click a button to accept. Also emphasizing the ‘agree’ or ‘allow’ cookie options over the ‘reject’ or ‘block’ cookie options represents a non-compliant approach, as the site is influencing users towards the ‘accept’ option.

So let us take this opportunity to update an article we last updated back in 2012 and relook at the options out there for compliance. Here I will only look at the resources that are actively maintained (updated last in the past 2 years) or new.

These follow the 2019 UK Data Protection Authority guidelines

– they give you the ability to control what is set

Cookie Law Info from WebToffee – WordPress (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 900,000+

Complianz – GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent from Really Simple Plugins – WordPress (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 100,000+

GDPR Cookie Compliance (CCPA, PIPEDA ready) from Moove Agency
Active WP plugin installs 100,000+

Cookiebot | GDPR/CCPA Compliant Cookie Consent and Control from Cybot A/S (FREE or from £8pm)
Active WP plugin installs 60,000+

iubenda – Cookie and Consent Solution for the GDPR & privacy from iubenda
Active WP plugin installs 60,000+

Beautiful Cookie Consent Banner from Beautiful Cookie Banner (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 9,000+

Smart Cookie Kit from Nicola Modugno (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 5,000+

EU Cookie Law Compliance from Damian Góra & mesmeriseme
Active WP plugin installs 5,000+

LuckyWP Cookie Notice (GDPR) from LuckyWP (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 3,000+

WP Cookie Notice for GDPR, CCPA & ePrivacy Consent from WPEkaClub
Active WP plugin installs 2,000+

Cookie Control from Civic – WordPress, Javascript, Drupal & Magento (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 1,000+

CookiePro | Simplify Compliance with GDPR & EU Cookie Laws from OneTrust, Llc (FREE or from £9pm)
Active WP plugin installs 1,000+

Cookie Consent from Osana – Javascript (FREE or from £74pm)

Other solutions

Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA from dFactory (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 1,000,000+

GDPR Cookie Consent Banner from Termly – WordPress (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 200,000+

EU Cookie Law for GDPR/CCPA from Alex Moss, Marco Milesi (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 100,000+

GDPR Compliance & Cookie Consent from StylemixThemes
Active WP plugin installs 30,000+

WF Cookie Consent from wunderfarm
Active WP plugin installs 20,000+

Cookie Bar from Brontobytes (FREE)
Active WP plugin installs 20,000+

Ilmenite Cookie Consent from Bernskiold Media
Active WP plugin installs 1,000+

Advanced EU Cookie Law Plugin from sobrilliant – WordPress $11

Other useful plugins

Do you want to build a table on what cookies are used to go on your policy page then this WordPress plugin is for you?

This list contains just what we have found to date, we may have missed some – if so just leave a comment below.

In the meantime read this post about what else you should be doing to comply.