Of course, we all know why this was done. It was done to stop the “big boys” at the top end of town from misusing and selling our data for nefarious purposes. That is a good thing but will it really stop them? They always have ways of getting around it and in an age where data can be snatched out the air and meta-data is collected and stored on billions of people by spy agencies and governments (and facial recognition/machine learning is used), will it really make a difference? Only for the bureaucrats who can look forward to secure jobs chasing down “offenders” (usually small businesses and blogs) who (like me) don’t have a clue what they are doing or whether it is sufficient. No matter, I will consult with my team of high powered lawyers and web developers (me!).
So, what about cookies? Cookies used to be biscuits that you ate with a glass of milk (yum) but no longer. Cookies are ubiquitous and used everywhere by everyone. Simple, disable cookies, block everyone……good luck with that!
We use the following Analytical/performance cookies. Our website will set several types of third-party cookie, and we do not control the operation of any of them. The third-party cookies which may be set include:
We have no advertising on our website and no pop-ups. This is not a commercial site but a labour of love. We do not handle filthy lucre or ask for donations. We do not sell information. We do not stalk our visitors. We do not try to sell them any goods. I really don’t care about your personal details (boring). You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. You could get a big hammer and destroy your computer and phone or bleach bit it (like some politician did) and completely check out of the digital world. However, I recommend using that ever disappearing commodity called “common sense”. Our website is safe, is scanned regularly by the server for viruses and is (as far as possible) hack proof. But most importantly, besides the analytics, we hold no personal information. It is difficult to understand how IP address can be classified as personal information but I suppose clever people could track down the exact location and tie it in with an address or a name? So, disable cookies if you will but it is a bit like driving a car without a steering wheel…it is entirely up to you. Give my best wishes to the EU and all the lawyers. I bet FaceBook and Google are quaking in their boots and will never do anything naughty again.
P.P.S...Oops! Forgot to add ten pages of terms and conditions and other legalese with lots of small print absolving me from responsibility if your computer blows up. Oh well, you will just have to risk it....go on, I dare you.