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Scripts & cookies overview

Learn the basics of scripts and cookies with Clym

Your website has the potential to reach users from all corners of the globe, and if your website uses cookies and scripts, which most websites do, these cookies and scripts are likely collecting users' personally identifiable information, which could be subject to various regulations. By being aware of this, you can take proactive steps to ensure your website is compliant with applicable laws and regulations that may apply to the jurisdictions where your users reside.


So what are cookies and scripts?

A cookie is a plain text file generated by a website, stored on the visitor's computer. This file is used to store a value for a specific key, which can only be read by the website that sets the cookie and the user. Cookies can be used for different reasons like session management, personalization, and tracking. Cookies are typically used to improve the user's experience of the website by remembering the visitor's actions. There are several different categories and classifications of cookies.

A script is a third-party's embedded content on your site from another location. The loading of these scripts enables cookies to be stored on the visitor's device from the other location. These cookies are often used for tracking or cookie profiling to customize ads after user behavior. 


How does Clym's tool interact with cookies and scripts?

Clym automatically detects each user's geolocation based on their IP address. With this ability, each user sees a personalized view of the Clym widget, which is based on the requirements of the jurisdiction that protects their region. Each regulation varies and has different rules about whether users can opt-in or opt-out of cookies and scripts. Additionally, cookies and scripts are broken into different categories, which can be turned on and off individually.


What types of cookie and script categories exist, and why is it important to classify them?

The Clym portal allows you to classify cookies into several categories, including essential, advertising, analytics, entertainment, functional, and social. Additionally, there is an unclassified category, which will be used when a cookie or script has not yet been classified. Classifying your cookies and scripts allows your website visitors to easily understand their purpose, and to help them to make educated decisions about whether or not they would like to provide cookie consent.

Essential: Essential cookies help to make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Advertising: These types of cookies are set by digital advertising businesses for the prime or sole purpose of managing the performance of adverts, displaying adverts, and/or building user profiles to determine the display of adverts elsewhere. Please review our partners' privacy policy for more details.

Analytics: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often. You use them to improve how your website works. However, some of them might be third-party cookies and the data they collect can be put to purposes unknown by us as the site owner. Please refer to the third-party processors' privacy policy.

Entertainment: These types of cookies are set by entertainment content providers when displaying or viewing digital content online. Some providers use these cookies to track entertainment preferences so that they can provide their users with more relevant content.

Functional: These cookies allow the website to remember the choices you make and provide enhanced features (like support). Some of them might be third-party cookies and the data they collect can be put to purposes unknown by us as the site owner. Please refer to the third-party processors' privacy policy.

Social: Social cookies allow us to use buttons and widgets provided by social network services and other third parties. They commonly set cookies that enable visitors to post links to, ‘Like’, or comment on a site through their social networks. They often also allow tracking of visitors across other sites that have the same sorts of functionality embedded in them. Please refer to the third-party processors' and partners' privacy policy for more details.


With Continuous Scanning, Clym scans your website for cookies and scripts around the clock, 24/7. If Clym detects any new cookies or scripts on your website, we will alert your team that a new cookie or script has been detected, so that you can add additional details such as its category, easily in the Clym portal.


Within Clym's admin dashboard, you can:

If you encounter any challenges, please reach out to us at support@clym.io.