What does the 'Cookies in use' banner mean?

If Request explicit consent to cookies from users is checked in your program (found under Settings > General), a 'Cookies in use' banner will appear to all visitors of your program when they visit for the first time, or after clearing their browser cache. (You can read more about our Data protection preparation / configuration options here.)

This banner has selectable options to Accept only necessary cookies, Choose cookies, or Accept all cookies.

What the banner buttons mean


If Accept only necessary cookies is selected, only cookies that are required for the proper functioning of Award Force will be used.

If Choose cookies is selected, additional options appear, allowing the user to choose which cookies they wish to accept.


If Accept all cookies is selected, all 4 types of cookies - Necessary, Analytics, Social sharing and Marketing cookies will be used.

Note: It's a legal requirement to request cookie consent for programs that have users based in the European Union.


What the 'choose cookies' options mean


Necessary cookies are required for the proper functioning of Award Force and therefore no consent is required for their collection.


These cookies are for things like Google Analytics. Should a program add a Google Analytics code via Settings > General, a cookie will be added that is classified under Analytics.

Social sharing

These cookies are for the social sharing buttons users see on the home page, voting pages, and entry submission page. If users do not accept social sharing cookies, they will not be able to see the buttons.


Marketing cookies can store personal information such as a user's IP address and are used to deliver targeted marketing to users.

Why aren't the boxes pre-checked?

Award Force adheres to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standard. The rules included in GDPR dictate that Award Force must inform users that cookies are in use, what those cookies are doing and why, and that consent is required before cookies can be utilised. Consent must involve action from the user, like checking a box to indicate a conscious and deliberate decision.

Pre-checked boxes do not amount to valid consent under GDPR and therefore we cannot pre-check any boxes except for Necessary. Checkboxes must be checked in order for analytic or marketing tracking codes to work.


Need more help? Get in touch!

We're here to help if you need it. Simply get in touch with our Client Success team through one of the methods available at the base of the page.