Weasel Words – Cookies and GDPR Permissions Rolled Into One

“We value your privacy. In order to understand how people use our site generally, and to create more valuable experiences for you, we may collect data about your use of this site, directly and through our partners. By giving your consent below, you agree to the use of that data. For more information on our data policies, please visit our Cookie Policy.”

Would you say ‘yes’ to that?

Once upon a time the British government, which really doesn’t understand how the internet works, created a Cookie law. Those in the know laughed, or groaned in despair, but it was harmless enough. Then came GDPR. Now increasing numbers of companies are rolling a GDPR-like statement into their Cookie policy in a bid to score permission to collect, store and manipulate user data.
Do you think it’s OK? I’m troubled by it. I find myself clicking away from sites that ask for this kind of consent. It seems to rely on people automatically clicking on things that look and sound very like Cookie law statements, but are in fact something else altogether. And it taps into our natural inclination, when busy or focused, to click on messages without reading them fully, just to make them go away.
If I collected data from site users, which I don’t, there’s no way I’d use a statement like the one above to get your permission. It’s dodgy. I’m not dodgy. Enough said.

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