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Google Consent Mode V2: What it means for your marketing practices

Last Updated 25/06/2024

Have you heard about Google’s latest consent mode update? They’re rolling out a new version, and it’s set to reshape how businesses handle data protection and user consent in digital advertising. This is more than just a compliance update — it’s a strategic shift that could impact your marketing efforts and how you engage with your audience. Let’s break down what this means for you. 

Understanding Google’s consent mode 

Initially, Google introduced consent mode as a way for businesses to manage how cookies were used based on user’s consent. But with evolving data privacy regulations, particularly the new Digital Markets Act (DMA), Google had to step up its game. Now, Consent Mode v2 comes into play, offering more precise control over user data and ensuring businesses meet the rigorous standards set by these regulations. 

Why this update matters 

This isn’t just a compliance upgrade; it’s about maintaining your competitive edge in a privacy-focused world. Here’s what’s changing and why it matters to you: 

  • Explicit consent required: Google now mandates that user consent for data processing, for two new parameters, ‘ad_user_data’ and ‘ad_personalization’. This means your consent banners must be clear enough for users to make an informed choice. 
  • Refined data handling: With precise parameters for user data, your advertising can be both compliant and targeted. For example, if a user opts into ‘ad_user_data’ but not ‘ad_personalization’, you can still process some data but not for personalized ads. This clarity helps avoid legal pitfalls and builds trust with your users. 

How to prepare for consent mode v2 

Implementing Consent Mode v2 means upgrading how you manage and communicate consent on your digital properties. It’s all about customization and clarity.  Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Upgrade your consent interfaces: Ensure that your digital platforms can handle the new requirements. Update your cookie banners and marketing practices to align with the new consent standards. 
  2. Educate your team:  Make sure everyone in your organization understands these changes. Conduct data protection training sessions and updated protocols to ensure smooth implementation. 

This update allows businesses to continue gathering insights and optimizing marketing strategies, even with tighter data usage restrictions. It’s a balance between compliance and performance, ensuring that your advertising remains effective while respecting user privacy. 

Implementing the changes 

If you’re unsure about how to implement these changes or what they mean for your business, we’re here to help. With our data protection compliance check, our team can guide you through setting up Consent Mode v2, ensuring that your advertising strategies are not only effective, but also fully compliant. 

Contact us today and let’s ensure that your business is prepared for Google’s new data protection standards. After all, staying ahead in digital marketing means ensuring that your practices are both innovative and respectful of users’ privacy. Your customers’ trust is the cornerstone of your success. 

By Francisco Arga e Lima

Associate & Privacy & AI Expert

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