Country-specific privacy rules

Below you will find lists of countries that require cookie notices.

Since there are 195 countries in the world, the list may not be complete. If you see that there is an error, please let me know.

Requirements for websites that use visitors’ data for marketing purposes or collect sensitive information

These lists are used in the cookie notice when you choose strict automatic compliance.

Countries where visitors have to agree to tracking (opt-in)

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Other countries: Norway, Canada, The UK, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Singapore, Cyprus, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Morocco, RĂ©union, Saint Martin (French part), China, Colombia, Canary Islands, Taiwan, Russia.

Countries where visitors can be tracked from the moment they enter the page, but must have an option to decline tracking (opt-out)

USA (California), Kazakhstan

Countries where visitors can be tracked from the moment they enter the page, but have to be notified about tracking.

Due to the ever-changing laws in all countries, I strongly recommend informing users from all other countries (not mentioned above) about tracking.

Requirements for websites that do not use visitors’ data for marketing purposes nor collect sensitive information

These lists are used in the cookie notice when you choose lax automatic compliance.

Countries where visitors have to agree to tracking (opt-in)

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Other countries: Norway, the UK, South Korea, Nigeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Morocco, RĂ©union, Saint Martin (French part), China, Colombia, Canary Islands, Taiwan, Russia.

Countries where visitors can be tracked from the moment they enter the page, but have to be notified about tracking.

Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Japan, Mexico

Countries where visitors can be tracked from the moment they enter the page, but have to be notified about tracking.

The Philippines, Kazakhstan

Countries where visitors do not need to be informed about tracking

All the rest.

Sources and explanations

The information below is based on the data from:

Information provided in some of the sources I used were contradictory. I have listed below the most important and serious contradictions.

  • New Zealand – according to this article cookie notice is not required in New Zealand. However, it was mentioned as the country with the most strict laws (“opt-in required”) in the document by Securiti (link above). After further research, I decided that the information provided in the first source was accurate.
  • the Philippines – according to this article, it is sufficient to notify visitors from the Philippines about the use of cookies. However, in the document by Securiti (link above) it was marked as “Opt-in required”. After some research, I found information provided in the first source as accurate.