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“Many internet users mistake this annoying situation as a direct outcome of the GDPR, when in fact companies misuse designs in violation of the law. The GDPR demands a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’, as reasonable people would expect, but companies often have the power over the design and narrative when implementing the GDPR.”

Missed this a couple of weeks ago, and it could make a huge difference to our browsing experiences (and compel sites to do better!)

noyb.eu/en/noyb-aims-end-cooki

Note: the misuse and overuse of “crazy” is unfortunate in the linked site. The Self Defined dictionary recommends more appropriate, and less ableist, alternative words: selfdefined.app/definitions/cr

@laura this is probably the one that I struggle with the most, because "we're just two wild and crazy guys!"

I still keep working at it, though, because language matters, so thank you for this!

@laura This is just insane, I can only understand it as trying the GDPR to backfire and be removed:

@laura GDPR or whatever policy they are trying to comply with there...

@Laura Kalbag Thanks for the link, this is good! (And about time, the data protection agencies should have done this a long time ago!)

@laura a tangential, if only minor, consequence of cookie banner abuse is that we are made aware of the literal hundreds of data vampires (sorry, « partners ») that populate the depths of each of those websites.

@laura One could expose the internet user's mistakes, or boost the good intentions of others. But the reality is that most of the damage done by Big Tech is through their lobbying and interference with law makers. This is done in secret and when the public later gets to know about some of it, it is always (far) too late to do something about it. The problem with Big Tech is very, very structural.

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