This needs to be written, both from a legal perspective, as well as to get something off my chest.
I think I’m required by EU law to tell you that my site is using cookies.
Duh! Who woulda known, huh?
It’s one of many lame EU regulations. It means all EU websites are required to pester their visitors with huge “we are collecting cookies” notices.
And for what use? What change does it cause? Does it make any difference at all, to anyone? Nope. None. Nada.
Are you oblivious to cookies? No? I thought so
This is the web anno 2013. Everyone are using cookies. They are used everywhere, for multiple purposes. Anyone not believing me, should try setting their browser to ignore/refuse all cookies, empty their cookie jar, and see how far they come, on the net. Suddenly you can’t use most of the services you rely on daily.
This EU regulation is, in my opinion, pissing in the face of website owners – and their visitors.
From my perspective as a web designer – I see it as visual pollution.
From my perspective as a somewhat intelligent human being, I find it annoying and an insult of my intellect.
“Yes dad, I know pretty much any website is using cookies… I’m not dumb, duh!”
It makes as little sense as putting pictures of lung cancer tumors on cigarette packs. Statistically it has no effect on making people quit.
On the other hand, it would make SO MUCH MORE SENSE if smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, etc, were required by law to let their users know and understand the potential hazards of extended mobile phone use, especially without wearing a headset, as research does in fact show some scary correlations between heavy cell phone use – and brain cancer. Who wants a brain tumor? I’ll pass.
But no, that’s not something the smartphone industry is required to do. But you and I, as website owners and visitors, shall pester our sites with “cookie notices” … Get lost! How dumb is that?
The real villains of tracking
The problem is not you getting tracked as a visitor on a website. My website, or that of anyone else.
The problem is the elaborate tracking that huge organizations like Google, Facebook, Apple and Bing are doing. They are the ones mining your data, my data, everyone’s data. Such huge data sets can be used to win elections and control public opinion and behavior. It’s interesting how Obama was the first presidential candidate to win an election largely by utilizing the web, and social media in particular. Isn’t it peculiar that Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, served as Obama’s advisor?
The EU cookie law targets the wrong people. You and me. Instead, it should target those huge corporations, and enforce them to act responsibly. Cooperating with the NSA is not treating our data responsibly.
I get carried away expressing my opinion here, but I really can’t stomach seeing those cookie notices on so many sites.
But I digress… and obey…
For full disclosure, on this site I currently use Google Analytics and Mint. I also sometimes use Crazy Egg, which is really cool. I think that’s all…
Oh! Forgot about Pingdom Real-time User Monitoring, which measures how fast or slow my site loads for you and helps me optimize it.
What’s your opinion of EU cookie laws and regulations? Feel free to chime in!