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My understanding (again, not a lawyer!) is that whether or not your author website requires a cookie banner depends on the type of cookies you use on your website (if any), which is generally determined by the analytics you use on your website (if any). Here are some common scenarios I’ve encountered:
You may want a cookie banner if:
You may not need a cookie banner if:
I’m greatly over simplifying this matter, and strongly encourage you to do your own research. Here are some articles you might find useful:
What I do for my author website:
I use Fathom Analytics (← Affiliate Link), which does not require a cookie banner. This is a paid service, but digital privacy is My Big Cause. I refuse to hand over my website visitors’ behavior over to Google so that they can sell it to advertisers.
If you do decide you do need a cookie banner:
I haven’t used it personally, but several in my web designer cohort recommend this service.