What Is Consent Mode in GA4?

What Is Consent Mode in GA4

As website owners and marketers alike continue to navigate the changes in GA4, Google has thrown yet another thing our way to adapt to: Consent Mode.

Consent mode is a feature that is designed to help websites and apps manage the user content for tracking and data collection to be compliant with privacy regulations.

For instance, if a user consents to having their website activity tracked with cookies, your Google Analytics tag will function as usual and will collect behavior data. If the user declines consent for cookies, GA4 will only collect cookie-less data, such as basic traffic metrics.

In March 2024, Google made an update to Consent Mode stating that to continue using measurement, ad personalization, and remarketing features, you must collect consent for the use of personal data from end users based in the EEA and share consent signals with Google.

Essentially, this new change mandates online advertisers to enable consent mode, requiring them to pass the consent status of users in the European Economic Area (EEA) to Google. 

So, who exactly does this affect? Read on to learn more.   

Who Does Consent Mode Impact?

The new update to Consent Mode in GA4 primarily impacts online platforms that receive traffic from the EEA. Some of the key groups of people who will be affected include:

Online Advertisers

Advertisers who rely on Google Ads must now comply with the mandatory Consent Mode for users in the EEA.

Website and App Owners

Owners will need to update their consent management processes to ensure compliance with these new regulations

Users in the EEA

Since their consent status must be explicitly obtained and respected by online platforms, these users will benefit from the enhanced privacy protections

Marketing and Advertising Platforms

These platforms will need to integrate and support this new update and its requirements to help clients maintain compliance

Legal Teams

Teams in charge of ensuring organizations comply with privacy laws must verify that data collection practices meet the new regulations

How to Comply with Consent Mode in GA4

To verify and update consent settings in GA4, follow these important steps:

1. Assess Your Current Setup

If one or more of your data streams has EEA-based traffic, check if Analytics is receiving consent signals.

2. Implement a Consent Management Platform

Choose a CMP that integrates with GA4 and supports the latest Consent Mode requirements. Be sure to embed the CMP on your website or app to record and manage user content.

3. Configure Consent Mode in Google Tag Manager

To align with Consent Mode in Google Tag Manager, first update your existing tags to support this feature. Then configure the tags to verify user consent before firing them.

4. Verify Consent Signals

To ensure the proper functionality, monitor data streams to reflect user consent preferences and test various scenarios to confirm the tags are responding appropriately.

5. Update User Interface and Privacy Policy

Don’t forget to update your privacy policy to reflect the changes in data collection practices. Also, be sure to enhance the user interface to make sure that consent requests are clear and easy for users to understand.

6. Maintain Continued Compliance

Conduct regular audits to ensure ongoing compliance with Consent Mode in GA4 and stay informed about changes Google’s policies to maintain your compliance. 

Various CMP Platforms You Can Utilize to Comply with GA4

If you haven’t done so yet, ensure your website is equipped to collect user content globally by using a Consent Management Platform (CMP) that integrates with Consent Mode. Check out the platforms that are integrated with the latest version of Google Consent Mode:

  • Axeptio
  • Commanders Act
  • Complianz
  • ConsentManager
  • Cookiebot
  • CookieFirst
  • CookieHub
  • Cookie Information
  • Cookie Script
  • CookieYes
  • Didomi
  • Illow
  • Iubenda
  • OneTrust
  • Osano
  • Secure Privacy
  • Sirdata
  • Sourcepoint
  • Termly
  • TrustArc
  • Usercentrics

Discover More with Sixth City Marketing

Visit our digital marketing blog for the latest tips and updates on new Google trends, as well as insights into SEO, PPC, and other essential aspects of digital marketing.

Stay informed and ahead of Google’s curves with our expert advice:

Teagan Gore

About the Author

Teagan Gore

Teagan is an Account Manager at Sixth City Marketing. She collaborates closely with our internal team to deliver and execute marketing initiatives for our clients in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, and beyond.

Our Partners & Awards