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Configuration 6: Advanced Settings

Return to /administrator Extensions > Plugins. Search for "privacy" and click "System - EU e-Privacy Directive" to edit the system plugin. When open, go to the "Advanced" tab.

Finising ACL configuration

To finish up the ACL settings from the previous page, select the "Cookies"

Although the setup is finished, ACL settings are used throughout Joomla and will need to be a consideration whenever you install new extensions. These use cases will be covered in the EU e-Privacy Directive Advanced instructional document.


Enabling the geoPlugin allows you to limit the cookie consent requirement to only EU member states. When someone arrives at your site from a non-EU state, cookies are automatically enabled. The only time a user will see the accept message is if they arrive from an EU member state.

To enable this option, you must first sign up for a free account at - Once you have signed up, you'll receive an email that describes the final step to enable your account. When (and only when) you're done setting up your geoPlugin account, enable the geoPlugin within the system plugin. It took about 5 minutes to complete the last time I did it - it doesn't take long at all.

Log Acceptance

When the geoPlugin is enabled, you have an option to enable acceptance logging. When enabled, every time a user accepts cookies, their country, IP address and the date/time they accepted is stored in the database. This data may be displayed in the plugin in a future version. Until then, know the data exists if you ever need it.