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Cookie consent banners draw complaints

Cookie consent banners draw complaints

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 at 12:52

Author: Nicole Kobie

Information Commissioner's Office admits users "unhappy" with cookie warning banners

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User comments

Big surprise

Wow, who saw that coming? Telling users you are doing something they don't understand or care about, whether they like it or not, is annoying? Never.
I made a cookie warning for my companies website, we've never rolled it out as it's just likely to cause more problems and it's not like ICO are actually doing anything, and hey if anyone does complain, it's ready to go!

By bendeavin on 18 Dec 2012

A better answer would be for websites to not require people to accept the use of completely unnecessary cookies in order to access them.

By JamesD29 on 18 Dec 2012

The most irritating one must be MSN, as it lets me scroll down the page, then slowly scrolls back to the top to where the cookie disclaimer is.

By John_Greythorne on 18 Dec 2012

The new EU law is just plain annoying as a user.

Now I see all the warning pop ups but really does it make any difference?

By cyberindie on 18 Dec 2012

Pointless

This is the most pointless, ineffective bureaucratic exercise to appear online in several years.

No-one understands what they're consenting to and consent, or non-consent, achieves nothing.

By JohnWaller on 18 Dec 2012

Pointless

This is the most pointless, ineffective bureaucratic exercise to appear online in several years.

No-one understands what they're consenting to and consent, or non-consent, achieves nothing.

By JohnWaller on 18 Dec 2012

Understanding

Regardless of whether users understand, it is such a faff to avoid the cookie that users give up and accept it. Cyberindie is quite right this is just an annoyance.

By tirons1 on 19 Dec 2012

Pointless

Having that stupid banner appearing is hugely irritating. And on the 'Which?' website it actually obliterates the log-in area (there is a secondary log in area further down the page.)

In general the ICO's preferred (recommended?) implementation is completely pointless simply because, as has been stated above, the vast majority of users don't know or don't care.

As an aside, my browser is configured to delete all cookies on closing.

By jontym123 on 19 Dec 2012

No S**t Sherlock

The UK implementation of the Cookie law is a farce. It isn't necessarily the ICO's fault as the UK has to implement cookie compliance because of a poorly designed EU law that has been passed in Brussels.

By Tallfish1 on 19 Dec 2012

Geotargetted cookie banners

I hate the cookie warning banners as it is, but I hate even more how some non UK based websites have geotargetted cookie banners where the cookie banner at the top of the website appears if it detects you are in the UK, whereas if you access the website from a non UK location, the cookie banner never appears! MySpace is guilty of this.

And by the way, I have never, ever noticed cookie consent banners on this website!

By formula_86 on 19 Dec 2012

Awkward

I sometimes visit a site that sells art materials, and the cookie banner hides the search tool until you make a choice on consent.

By trishahardwick on 22 Dec 2012

Not allowing cookies?

What does a site do if you say you do not want cookies? Most sites seem to stop working if you don't allow cookies, which is not acceptable, as it is effectively blackmail. Sites should allow for non-cookie operation.

By KMJones1 on 27 Dec 2012

Would be interesting if some research was done on how general users understand this

in my household from two teenagers, one ten year old and a Teacher (my wife) none had ever bothered even reading the banners, and mostly just ignored them unless they were in the way. All are heavy Internet users. Is the rest of the population much different? How much has this whole thing cost I wonder, and is there any easily measurable benefit?

By IanBlackburn on 4 Nov 2013

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