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Cookies. Do you usually "Accept" or "Reject" them?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by wulbert, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. wulbert

    wulbert pfm Member

    I generally try to always "Reject All" cookies on most sites I visit. I'm a grumpy old sod like that.

    However, it becomes very tiresome, especially when researching something and sorting out the cookies on every single website I visit ends up taking longer that the actual fact finding.

    In spite of the fact that I "Save my Settings" after rejecting cookies, the web site will not "remember" my settings and I will have to repeat the whole rigmarole on my next visit. ( Why can't they just have one "cookie" that remembers that I don't want to share my data with their "partners"? )

    I'm increasingly just accepting the cookies because I'm getting tired of wasting my time. Am I being unreasonably difficult in rejecting cookies? Am I missing out on a better, tailored experience?

    What do you do? Any tips?
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  2. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I accept them all then periodically delete the lot.
    mykel, kendo, MikeMA and 3 others like this.
  3. psd122

    psd122 pfm Member

    Accept them all and get on with it.
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  4. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

    Like you, I always click through to cookie settings. I used to ‘reject all’ but, like you, got very tired of having to do it again every time I visited the site. So now, I tend to accept functional cookies, and reject all marketing and third party cookies. That seems to help.

    And if a website doesn’t give me the options, or tells me to do it via browser settings, or presents a long and detailed list and makes you accept/reject them individually, I just don’t proceed and won’t visit those sites.
  5. wulbert

    wulbert pfm Member

    Yeah, I often do that too. If it seems like they are not playing fairly I just immediately abandon their site and hope that their analytics show a high "bounce rate" which they might do something about. Hard work being a curmudgeon!
  6. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    I empathise with Wulbert as I hate these damned panels preventing one from accessing info., or at least, having a hassle trying to read. It was much better when you simply didn't know !!!!! My wife clears her cookies periodically and would do the same for me but I hate having to sign in for forums and other things I keep 'live'. This means referring to my code book which again needs deciphering 'cos I'm not digitally organised.

    Few 'options' allow one to 'refuse all'; in fact, some, once you investigate, are difficult to extricate oneself. Extra rant material from an irascible panel beater here. :mad:

    PS I cannot understand a website (a dealer's, e,g.) selling sth preventing one from accessing their stuff; counter intuitive at best.
  7. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

    On browser settings, I dislike the fact that Safari only gives you the option to ‘delete all’. I’d prefer to retain cookies for sites I use regularly, and purge the rest fairly regularly.
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  8. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I like the one on The Daily Mash website. Option 1 lists various options re privacy, cookies etc, option 2 just says ‘Whatever’.
  9. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Accept all
  10. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Same for me. Strike out ‘like that’ though.
  11. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    It’s part of the deal for a ‘free’ internet. Data has value but we are approaching a cookieless future, allegedly.

    Bear in mind that if you have a smart phone you have given away your data rights when you sign on the dotted line.
  12. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    I reject all but the "necessary" ones.
  13. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    we love being tracked, and filmed. We have cams in every room apart from the bathroom. We monetise our movements and life.
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  14. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    ‘Legitimate Interest’

    What the fudge is that sheet?

    I reject all that I can.
  15. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    My attitude towards the internet is reprehensible and shallow and boils down to - you want my data for nothing, sod off. If you offer me 10% discount, where do I tick the box?
  16. laughingboy

    laughingboy pfm Member

    Yes and no. There is a world of difference between targeted advertising that is based on context ('contextual advertising') and targeted advertising that is based on tracking personal behaviour across the web and beyond. I don't mind contextual advertising, but 'tracking-based advertising' is a pernicious development that exposes personal data in ways that most people aren't aware of.

    If you are interested, here is a video of Dr Johnny Ryan talking about 'real-time bidding', the auction process behind most ads on the web.
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  17. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Yes, me too.

    I used to reject them but can't say I notice much difference either way so gave up.
  18. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I know all about that, I work in the industry. 3rd party cookies are on the way out but Google & Facebook are holding out until 2023. Ultimately mobile phone derived data will still be around & that is probably even more pernicious.
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    LOL, if you reject cookies the site can’t save your settings (it is the cookies that do this)!

    Basically the internet doesn’t work in any interactive sense without cookies, they are the things that tell the site you are logged in, logged out, what posts you’ve read etc etc. Obviously they are used for advertising etc too, but that is what pays for most content-driven sites to exist at all, and there is no incentive to make sites work perfectly if people are actively blocking their income stream.

    PS If I could figure out how to do it I’d get this site to just show a picture of my middle finger to anyone running an ad-blocker!
  20. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

    I use two Firefox extensions:
    • Cookie Auto-delete
    • I don't care about cookies
    The latter auto-accepts cookies everywhere while the former deletes them again as soon as I close the tab. Websites get to think they're tracking me. I don't have to see the annoying cookie banner. Everybody wins.

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