Now you are used to frequently enter cookie pop-ups. The question is always the same: “Do you accept cookies from this website?” Maybe you just clicked yes and didn’t think twice about navigating the labyrinth settings filled with vague menus.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. While we can’t blame you that you don’t want to delve into the detailed and often confusing cookie permissions on every website, there are a few steps you can take to stop websites from tracking you and also completely eliminate those. pop-up.
The explosion of cookie approval pop-ups started in 2018 and it’s part of the mistake General Data Protection Management. The change is meant to make it easier for people to understand and control how they are tracked online. In fact, it makes the internet even more inaccessible.
The way many websites implement cookie notifications has not helped. Dark patterns trick people into clicking yes, while some websites are found ignoring people’s choices in full. And many websites rely on third parties to provide their cookie pop-up tech. The consequence? Confusion Your options for blocking cookies are included in various categories such as “device properties” and “creation cookies.” And, to make matters worse, data protection administrators have done little. the situation is much better.
“Cookie approval banners are a joke,” said Sergio Maldonado, cofounder and CEO of software development firm PrivacyCloud. “Instead of helping people protect their choices in the future, cookie approval requirements are even more annoying and often at odds with access standards on mobile devices, making life more difficult for people with all sorts of disabilities.
What can be done? In addition to pushing for major law enforcement changes, improving authorization notices, and rethinking the way you monitor online-there are a few things you can do to help yourself. . Here are some tips to consider.
Discard All Cookie Consent Notices
Midas Nouwens has been reviewing cookie permission pop-ups for many years. Academic digital rights aims to show data protection regulators that cookie authorization notices do not work. Although regulators have done little about them, so at the end of 2019 Nouwens and his colleagues from Aarhus University in Denmark released Consent-O-Matic. This is an open source browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, GitHub) which automatically fills in your preferences when cookie pop-ups appear.
“It actually submits a legally valid website authorization response, so you can be confident (though not 100 percent) that the response provided by your extension is actually followed,” Nouwens said. If the cookie settings are sent to a website via Consent-O-Matic, a brief notification will appear in your browser to let you know that the system is working. “In principle we will not collect any different usage information,” Nouwens added.
Maldonado’s PrivacyCloud has created a similar open source extension: Consent Manager (Chrome, Firefox, GitHub). The system rejects all cookies where it is possible to do so and flags if a website does not respect your options. “The tool searches for the most common cookie banner formats and retrieves them,” Maldonado said. NinjaCookie does the same thing and rejects cookies by default. While it is not open source and has a premium tier, there are also extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera. Both PrivacyCloud and NinjaCookie say they do not collect data on your behavior.
The most popular cookie blocker is ‘I have nothing to do with cookies, ’which dates back to 2012. More than 500,000 people use it on Chrome, but it doesn’t have to protect your privacy in the same way as the examples above. Its purpose is to simply remove pop-ups and in most cases it blocks or hides cookie pop-ups, says creator Daniel Kladnik. “It does whatever it takes to remove cookie-related pop-ups, which users consider protecting themselves by using other browser tools, extensions, and settings,” says Kladnik. .
Third-party cookies are dead. Apple and Firefox are mostly killed by tracking technology in their browsers, and when Google will remove them from Chrome next year they are about to run out. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take action against websites using cookies at the browser level today.