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How to configure cookies for GOV.WALES.

First published:
21 August 2020
Last updated:

Cookies you can set without consent

You can set strictly necessary cookies without consent. You can find advice on strictly necessary cookies from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

You must have consent to set all other types of cookie.

Cookie banner design

The design consists of:

  • a cookie banner when the user enters the site, this persists until the user accepts or saves changes in the cookie settings page
An image of a cookie banner prompting the user to accept or save changes to cookie settings


  • a message once the user clicks accept with a link to cookie settings. This goes away once the user interacts with the site or the user clicks ‘hide’
An image of a message linking the user to cookie settings


Examples for desktop and mobile cookie banner designs can be seen on GOV.WALES by viewing the site in an incognito window. Alternatively, delete the cookies in the inspect tool if you have already accepted cookies.

Use the service, tool or microsite name in the cookie banner. This can help users to understand that the cookies you're setting are different from the ones set by the main GOV.WALES platform.

Cookie settings page

The cookie settings page allows users to set groups of cookies on or off.

See GOV.WALES cookie settings page as an example for desktop and mobile.

Include a link to your cookie policy.

Cookie policy page

The cookie policy should be on its own page and not within a privacy notice. It should detail which cookies are being set and why.

Link to your cookie settings page from the footer of your service.

No JavaScript

GOV.WALES still sets cookies when JavaScript is turned off, so an alternative banner is shown. This remains persistent.

An image of an alternative cookie banner used when JavaScript is turned off


On the cookie settings page, the form is removed and different content is shown instead including a link to the cookie policy.

These can be seen on GOV.WALES by turning off JavaScript in your browser settings.