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deactivated Google Maps Widget uses Cookie

Hello,

I am using the widgets bundle, one of the widgets is a Google Maps widget. It is currently deactivated and not in use, because I don’t want to use Google Maps on the site. It is just »installed« as a part of the widgets bundle.
When I scan the site for Cookies, I see a third-party cookie of Google Maps. When I deactivate the whole widgets bundle, the Cookie disappears. Third-party Cookies need an Opt-In by law and since I do not intend to use Google Maps, I don’t want the Cookie or the responsibility to inform the users and get their compliance to something I don’t (want to) use.

Is there a possibility to delete the Maps Widget without removing the other widgets in the bundle or to unset the cookie by default, so that I dont’t have to deal with this Cookie at all?

Thank you so much for your support.

Best regard, Stephanie

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  1. 19 days, 10 hours ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Stephanie

    Thanks for reaching out.

    Do you have a public URL where we can take a look at what’s going on?

  2. 19 days, 8 hours ago stephanie_bruening

    Hi Andrew,

    thank you for your reply. Currently this site is not online, as it is on a localhost being developed.
    I use WordPress and Complianz Plugin (Consent Manager) to scan my page for cookies so that I can configure the Consent Manager for future users. I get the Message that Google Maps is being found and used (which isn’t). When I deactivate the whole widgets bundle, the Google Maps Cookie Message disappears. This is a workaround I cannot use, because some of the widgets in the bundle are activated and in use (the Google Maps Widget is deactivated).

    Thank you.
    Best regard, Stephanie

  3. 19 days, 8 hours ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Stephanie

    Thanks for the update.

    Are you seeing a cookie from Google Maps if you view any of the site pages, open the developer console, and click the Application tab then Cookies?

    I took a look at Complianz now. Is there a scan per page option? I ran a scan from the site admin, I’m not quite sure how that scan works.

  4. 18 days, 14 hours ago stephanie_bruening

    Hi Andrew,

    thanks for your reply. Complianz only scans the site, not the single pages. I went through all the pages and had a look at the cookies displayed in the console as you suggested. I don’t see a Google Maps Cookie being set anywhere! I can see the other cookies in use, by wordpress etc., but no Maps Cookie.
    I can exclude the widget bundle from Complianz, so it doesn’t get scanned and I don’t get the Cookie Message/Warning about Maps.
    I think as it doesn’t seem that there is a Maps Cookie being set really, that is the best solution for me. It is strange, but it shouldn’t be a GDPR issue like that, so that’s fine for me. Thank you for your help!

    Best regards, Stephanie

  5. 18 days, 14 hours ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Stephanie

    Thanks for taking a look. Alex at SiteOrigin and I spent some time on this yesterday. We aren’t seeing a Google Map cookie on regular pages. We also aren’t seeing a Maps cookie on a page with a map. Alex found the following info for us:

    Switch to googleapis.com
    The eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted that we have updated all of our documentation to recommend that the Maps APIs be loaded from maps.googleapis.com rather than maps.google.com or maps-api-ssl.google.com. When loaded from maps.googleapis.com, the current implementation of the Maps API v3 does not rely on the exchange of cookies with Google. This improves both the security of the API, and the performance on bandwidth constrained networks. We therefore recommend all sites switch to using maps.googleapis.com.

    For interest’s sake, we have a consent prompt available for Google Maps if you do ever need to implement one. More on that here Post: Google Maps Consent Prompt.

    In summary, unfortunately, I’m not quite sure why the scan is picking up a cookie. We aren’t seeing a cookie when we inspect pages using the Widgets Bundle with no map or with a map. Here are the two pages we used as an example:

    http://demo.siteorigin.com/corp/
    https://demo.siteorigin.com/corp/contact/ (the map is near the bottom of the page)

    If any follow-up queries or requests arise, please, let us know :)

  6. 18 days, 12 hours ago stephanie_bruening

    Hi Andrew,

    thanks a lot for taking such a thorough look at my problem!
    The information you were giving is really helpful! I don’t see an issue any more. Knowing all that and having checked everything, I feel save to go on developing the site and using the siteorigin widgets. Thank you.

    Best regards, Stephanie

  7. 18 days, 5 hours ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Stephanie

    I’m glad we could take a look with you. If any SiteOrigin queries or requests arise in the future, please, let us know.

    Cheers for now :)

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