Most EU cookie ‘consent’ notices are meaningless or manipulative, study finds!
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 Field.” study that the Ruhr-University (Bochum/Germany) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor/US) published! The abstract is enough.