back to article EU tosses Europe's cookies... popups

The EU’s most famous contribution to the internet era could be snuffed out soon, and few will mourn it. As expected, Brussels will no longer mandate that websites receive the user’s consent for placing cookies on their device. Scrapping the consent form is one of the options floated in the European Commission new public …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    woo hoo

    I go out of my way to say no, or close the question box.

    Most stupid thing they ever did. They are cookies, if you don't want them you can set your browser to deal with them in a way that you see fit.

    This rule was a perfect example of laws crafted by technically illiterate people.... who are also mostly ugly, but thats not important.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: woo hoo

      This is simply a discussion document…

      The EU never requested popups and explicit consent is still required for non-essential cookies because it's a good thing.

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge

        Re: woo hoo

        It does require consent to be given for nonessential cookies, supposedly before they are set, so that's either a popup or a banner.

        1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

          Re: woo hoo

          Banners we never sufficient for explicit consent but some EU member states mandated them and web monkeys copied them. Technical solutions such as proper browser settings, think of websites asking for your location, would always have been possible.

          Anyway, until the law is changed the existing laws stay in place. It's just that the fines will start to go up from next year.

          1. Dan 55 Silver badge

            Re: woo hoo

            Jobserve was one of those who did manage to do it right. You get no cookies at all and can't log in until you OK a banner.

            The ICO didn't do it right.

    2. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: woo hoo

      > They are cookies, if you don't want them you can set your browser to deal with them in a way that you see fit.

      Just out of curiosity: would you hazard a guess at how many internet users who were not previously aware of what cookies are took notice of these consent banners, and so went on to educate themselves about them? I have no idea. More than 'zero', maybe. For some, after years of gradually more intrusive website adverts and 'features', these banners might have been the straw that broke the camel's back, and the user goes on to clean up their web experience wholesale.

      Only people who know what cookies are will set up their browser to deal with them.

  2. WibbleMe

    Those who thought this up should be thrown off a tall building

  3. Jess

    So we commit to leave

    and they start fixing all the stupid crap.

    Thanks EU, couldn't you have started that a year or two ago?

    1. codejunky Silver badge

      Re: So we commit to leave

      @ Jess

      Its called cause and event. The unthinkable happened and we voted leave and it looks certain to happen. The EU politicians realise the political project isnt as loved as they dictated and that people using the euro even less so. As one of the German politicians recently commented that the breakup of the EU is no longer unthinkable.

      Just a good job we didnt vote to remain or those lovely (to laugh at) concessions that (candy ass) Cameron got were to be voted down and then the held back proposals could go forward. Amusingly the EU seems to be trying to find ways to appeal to the populations, even if they still dont quite get it.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: So we commit to leave

      What? People voted to leave the EU because they were being informed about cookies? Good riddance!

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: So we commit to leave

        Right to have government read our emails cruelly snatched away by EU

        THE cherished British right for government spies to have full access to our emails has been snatched away by the despotic European Court.

        A ruling on a case brought by heroic Brexiter and despicable traitor David Davis MP has banned patriots from joyfully and involuntarily sharing their texts and emails with UK surveillance.


      2. codejunky Silver badge

        Re: So we commit to leave

        @ Charlie Clark

        "What? People voted to leave the EU because they were being informed about cookies? Good riddance!"

        Thats one way of putting it. Another could be to get away from really stupid laws brought out on a whim by amazing stupidity.

  4. Dwarf

    About bloody time too.

    Eurocrats - please learn from this and understand how much its been ridiculed and ignored.

    Why not learn how the technologies work next time before you come up with any more crazy ideas for people to "make work"

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: About bloody time too.

      Anycrats that understand technology? They'd be fired.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They got it wrong

    Replace cookies with trackers and they'd be on to something!

  6. Jess


    I was being facetious.

    I could just as easily (and probably more accurately) say that they left all this stuff until we voted to leave because they were sick of our privileged position negotiated by Mrs Thatcher, our constant sabotage of legislation to protect individuals and the environment, our pushing of business interests of the US (TTIP) and China (no blocks on cheap steel) ahead of Europe's, our constant whining that we have it so bad and it's all so unfair, our blaming every mistake our own government makes on them and generally not being a team player, and wanted to encourage us to leave.

  7. SaleNowOn
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    Thank the gods of sanity, finally the single most annoying edict from the EU bites the dust. Can we have a national day of celebration?

  8. Only me!

    Who then reads in detail the terms and conditions?

    The law was daft and has made the internet an annoying place to visit, especially on smaller screens.

    That said, they should craft something that allows cookies, but if certain details are to be passed on, then permission required.....but that would be a law way to complex for anyone to write in a way that people could cope with.

    If you want a bigger laugh .... the internet was not built for children....

    The article by definition implies adults do know how and what the data that part with is used for.....well of course they do!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not sure why these divvs are allowed to write his crap. The cookie concent idea should have shut these idiots down.

    Just assume you are being tacked, everything is public and been mined by Russian hackers


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