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About the required EU cookie consent notices

Most EU cookie ‘consent’ notices are meaningless or manipulative, study finds!

Quote from a great article I found on TechCrunch

I call the “EU cookie consent notices” the “EU cookie consent nonsense“! Don’t get me wrong, I have a privacy policy; I have a cookie notice… and I reduced the Cookie usage before the new legal requirements (EU Cookie law and/or GDPR) came!

My blog has a few hundred visitors per day, if I use a blocking cookie notice (that you have to agree before the content is displayed) it dropped about 20 percent. So I changed it to a permanent displayed one on the left button.

What makes it a paradox for me: If you agree, I have to set an additional cookie for a visitor to prevent the display of the Nonsense, ah sorry I mean notice again!

Honestly, it’s my personal blog and just a hobby… it don’t really care! However, for many sites with paid banners or any e-commerce-related site that could be a killer.

And what I saw in the past: Most of my visitors are from outside of the European Union!

Don’t get this wrong: I like the idea behind GDPR! It’s about privacy and Security by design. It took me a while to figure out how to do things with the GDPR in mind (e.g. not breaking the law) and I also replaced a few (WordPress) plugins!

On the other hand: Not using IP information makes it much harder to fight spam and bad bots! One of the downsides of the new requirements.

Everyone should read the “(Un)informed Consent: Studying GDPR Consent Notices in the that the Ruhr-University (Bochum/Germany) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor/US) published! The abstract is enough.

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