"We use cookies" notice on websites

  • Every website I visit now seems to display a warning such as "We use cookies to improve your experience. By your continued use of this site you accept such use. To change your settings please see our policy." (this one is taken from ubuntu.com). Usually wiht an "x" button that will disable the message (using cookies).

    From a user's viewpoint does the user need to be aware of the user of cookies? Almost every website uses cookies and it's a new distracting element taking space and attention away.

    What has happened recently that seems to have started such trend?

    Also see http://ux.stackexchange.com/q/7318/10431 which discusses how to deal with it gracefully.

    This isn't a trend as much a legal compliance. There is close to unanimous agreement that it's silly, but a few politicians think that it's better to annoy everyone on every site than it is to ask a few paranoid people to change their browser settings.

    @JohnGB, Although silly, this is probably the only way to increase people's awareness to cookies, so they can become paranoid and shut them from their browser. Otherwise, 90% of web surfers remain in their ignorance, and they can't make a sound and rational choice (as if...).

    @DvirAdler That is already in most sites TOS. If we need to explicitly warn about every part of the TOS, we will hurt UX even more and simply push people towards sites in countries that don't do that.

    I decided to not bother complying. If they want to sue me, they can feel free. But the fact is, cookies aren't innately bad, it depends what you're doing with them. I can't be bothered writing extra stuff just to annoy people with a stupid pointless message. As Ben Brocka said, by having cookies enabled, that's you giving your consent.

    Duplicate question on Security.SE here

  • Harry

    Harry Correct answer

    8 years ago

    There was a new cookies law passed last year in the EU that required websites to inform users if they place cookies. More info here


    From a UX perspective it's obviously a negative thing and is just an onerous legal obligation people have to comply by. You do it if you have to and don't do it if you don't.

    The "implicit consent" thing has pretty much rendered the whole thing pointless anyway: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/01/ico_cookie_policy_change/. Using the internet with cookies enabled is more or less your implicit consent.

    The link appears broken now, which is unfortunate.

    @SteveJones I replaced that link with a working reference. The info is a bit dated now but will restore the answer's integrity.

    I wrote to somebody about the popups and this was the reply: "Please note that the GDPR does not require the information that must be delivered to a site visitor to be presented in a pop-up. Contact the website administrator if you are not satisfied with their design choices.". So this means that websites could have presented it in any other way too, without annoying people with a popup.

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