Show Menu
TOPICS×

Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service Sites Readiness for Data Protection and Data Privacy Regulations

The contents of this document do not constitute legal advice and are not meant as a substitute for legal advice.
Please consult your company's legal department for advice concerning Data Protection and Data Privacy regulations.
For more information about Adobe's response to privacy issues, and what this means for you as an Adobe customer, see Adobe's Privacy Center .
Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service Sites is ready to help customers with their data privacy and protection compliance obligations. This page guides customers through the procedures to handle such requests in AEM Sites. It describes the location of private data stored, and how to remove them manually or with code.
For further information see the Adobe Privacy Center .

AEM Author Tier

User accounts and UGC content on the author server are covered in the AEM Foundation documentation .

AEM Publish Tier

User accounts used to authenticate visitors on the site, and UGC content on the publish server are covered in the AEM Foundation documentation .
By default AEM Sites components do not store form-data entered by visitors on the publish server. It is recommended to forward the data to a third party system, or Adobe Campaign for further processing.

Opt-In/Opt-Out

Adobe Experience Manager is subject to a cookie opt-out service that is used for managing the opt-in/opt-out for users.
To Opt-out:
  1. Scroll down to Services - Experience Cloud service usage data .
  2. Select the referenced link; currently titled here .
  3. You will be presented with the following details, together with the options to opt out or in:
    • To opt-out of aggregation and analysis of data about your visit to this site, it is necessary to install a cookie on your browser. This cookie identifies that you have opted-out.
      If you delete the opt-out cookie, or if you change computers or Web browsers, you will need to opt-out again.
      Opt-out - Exclude me from visitor session aggregation and analysis (install the amcglobal.sc.omtrdc.net opt-out cookie) - Click Here.
      Opt-in - Include me in visitor session aggregation and analysis (do not install the amcglobal.sc.omtrdc.net opt-out cookie) - Click Here.
    Follow the above steps to access the actual links.
    There is a further description in the 2. Privacy. section of the Adobe General Terms of Use .

Analytics Foundation

AEM Sites includes an optional integration with Analytics Foundation which uses functionality within the Adobe Analytics On-demand Service.
For further information on managing data subject requests related to Adobe Analytics see Adobe Analytics and Data Privacy .

Personalization Foundation by Target

AEM Sites includes an optional integration with Personalization Foundation by Target which uses functionality within the Adobe Target On-demand Service.
For further information on managing data subject requests related to Adobe Target see Adobe Target - Privacy and General Data Protection Regulation .

ContextHub

AEM provides an optional data layer with ContextHub. This keeps visitor-specific data in the browser, to be used for rules-based personalization.
By default, this visitor-data is not stored in AEM; AEM sends rules to the data layer to make personalization decisions in the browser.

Implementing Opt-in/Opt-Out

The site owner needs to implement an opt-out component according to the following guidelines.
These guidelines implement opt-in as the default. Thus, a website visitor must clearly agree, before any personal data is stored in the browser's (client-side) persistence.
  • The opt-out component should be included every time the ContextHub component is included.
  • The terms and conditions that relate to data protection and privacy for the website, must be displayed to the website visitor, allowing them to:
    • accept
    • reject
    • change their previous choice
  • If a site visitor accepts the site's terms and conditions, the ContextHub opt-out cookie should be removed:
    ContextHub.Utils.Cookie.removeItem('cq-opt-out');
    
    
  • If a site visitor does not accept the site's terms and conditions, the ContextHub opt-out cookie should be set:
    ContextHub.Utils.Cookie.setItem('cq-opt-out', 1);
    
    
  • To check whether ContextHub is running in opt-out mode, the following call should be made in the browser's console:
    var isOptedOut = ContextHub.isOptedOut(true) === true;
    // if isOptedOut is true, ContextHub is running in opt-out mode
    
    

Previewing Persistence of ContextHub

To preview persistance used ContextHub, a user can:
  • Use the browser's console; for example:
    • Chrome:
      • Open Developer Tools > Application > Storage:
        • Local Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Session Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Cookies > (website) > SessionPersistence
    • Firefox:
      • Open Developer Tools > Storage:
        • Local Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Session Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Cookies > (website) > SessionPersistence
    • Safari:
      • Open Preferences > Advanced > Show Develop menu in menu bar
      • Open Develop > Show JavaScript Console
        • Console > Storage > Local Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Console > Storage > Session Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
        • Console > Storage > Cookies > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
    • Internet Explorer:
      • Open Developer Tools > Console
        • localStorage.getItem('ContextHubPersistence')
        • sessionStorage.getItem('ContextHubPersistence')
        • document.cookie
  • Use the ContextHub API, in the browser's console:
    • ContextHub provides following data persistence layers:
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.LOCAL (default)
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.SESSION
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.COOKIE
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.WINDOW
      The ContextHub store defines which persistence layer will be used, thus to view the current state of the persistence all layers should be checked.
For example, to view data stored in localStorage:
To preview persistance used ContextHub, a user can:
  • Use the browser's console:
    • Chrome - open Developer Tools > Application > Storage:
      • Local Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
      • Session Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
      • Cookies > (website) > SessionPersistence
    • Firefox - open Developer Tools > Storage:
      • Local Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
      • Session Storage > (website) > ContextHubPersistence
      • Cookies > (website) > SessionPersistence
  • Use the ContextHub API, in the browser's console:
    • ContextHub provides following data persistence layers:
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.LOCAL (default)
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.SESSION
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.COOKIE
      • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.WINDOW
      The ContextHub store defines which persistence layer will be used, thus to view the current state of the persistence all layers should be checked.
For example, to view data stored in localStorage:
var storage = new ContextHub.Utils.Persistence({ mode: ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.LOCAL });
console.log(storage.getTree());

Clearing Persistence of ContextHub

To clear the ContextHub persistence:
  • To clear persistence of currently loaded stores:
    // in order to be able to fully access persistence layer, Opt-Out must be turned off
    ContextHub.Utils.Cookie.removeItem('cq-opt-out');
    
    // following call asks all currently loaded stores to clear their data
    ContextHub.cleanAllStores();
    
    // following call asks all currently loaded stores to set back default values (provided in their configs)
    ContextHub.resetAllStores();
    
    
    
  • To clear a specific persistence layer; for example, sessionStorage:
    var storage = new ContextHub.Utils.Persistence({ mode: ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.SESSION });
    storage.setItem('/store', null);
    storage.setItem('/_', null);
    
    // to confirm that nothing is stored:
    console.log(storage.getTree());
    
    
  • To clear all ContextHub persistence layers, the appropriate code must be called for all layers:
    • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.LOCAL (default)
    • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.SESSION
    • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.COOKIE
    • ContextHub.Utils.Persistence.Modes.WINDOW