Configuring Data Flows

Once Consent is live on your production site, you will be able to read important metrics from your dashboard and add or classify new Data Flows, as needed:

As your website changes, you may need to adjust the data flows that Consent is regulating (eg. your Marketing Team adds a new analytics tool)

Add a new Data Flow by clicking on the ‘Add Data Flow’ button in ‘Data Flows’ above the list view. Populate in the domain, purpose, service, and other associated information. Once your changes and additions have been inputted, click “Set Changes Live” in the top right corner to sync these changes to your website.

As we collect telemetry data about your website, we’ll automatically suggest new data flows and guess their tracking purpose(s) for you.

Why might there be new data flows, you ask? It could be that we missed these initially when we were first setting up the consent manager, or maybe you or some other team have added new widgets/scripts to the site without first updating the Consent data flows.

These auto-classified data flows show up in your Data Flows table with the “Needs Review” tag and are highlighted in yellow:

These data flows are not yet included in your “live” airgap.js bundles until you have “reviewed” them. To review, click on the highlighted row. You should see a modal pop up:

If the information looks correct to you, click “Approve”. Sometimes we are not able to guess the associated tracking purpose and Service info, so you’ll have to manually add that information.

In order to configure a data flow, click on the line in the table of the rule which refers to the domain, resource path, or regular expression (regex) you wish to classify. (e.g., for a domain path, // for a resource path, or (^|.*\.)example-\d{1,4}\.com(\/|$) for a regex.)

This will bring up the “Edit Data Flow” dialog where you can adjust the domain, resource path, or regular expression which is being matched.

The modal to add or edit a data flow in Transcend Consent

To classify the data flow according to the purpose for which you seek consent to collect it, select one or more of the available purposes under ‘Require consent for…’. Otherwise select ‘No Consent Needed’ if no user consent is needed for this data flow.

Available purposes are:

  • Advertising: online advertising trackers, e.g. Google Ads or Facebook Ads
  • Analytics: web site analytics providers, e.g. Google Analytics
  • Functional: all other data flows which are to be quarantined

‘No Consent Needed’ means that the Transcend Consent will always allow all requests to this domain, resource path, or which match this regex.

Rules can be grouped by which service they refer to, e.g. if and :// are both associated with the Example Analytics service, you can select Example Analytics under Service and they will be sorted together in the list view. This can be especially helpful for large sites with many data flows.

Sometimes you may want to classify a given data flow as “Junk”, e.g. requests made by third-party extensions or malware installed on the user's device. Mark them as “Junk” in the “Edit Data Flow” modal to tell Consent to safely ignore these.

Reference this library of data flow configurations that can help you deeply integrate with common trackers. These configurations allow tracker scripts to load while precisely regulating their subsequent data emissions.

Unknown requests are allowed through by default to ease the onboarding process. Once you feel that your data flows are fully configured, you can choose to block unknown requests by setting your unknown request policy under advanced settings to "block".