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Can I opt-out of having to opt-in to accepting cookies?

I do understand that there is a privacy issue around browser cookies.

There are some rules and regulations to help protect me. I don’t feel protected. I just feel annoyed. Every day I am confronted by a dozen or more boxes that look like this one.


l do not take the time to figure out whether this particular site can be trusted with my information.

Call me lazy, but I would happily share it with everyone, share with no one, or even share with some but not others based on the roll of the dice rather than having to move my mouse and make an extra click.

I don’t doubt the good intentions of the regulators, but this isn’t working for me. Does it work for anyone?

In the best of all possible worlds, it would get turned on for the sites that I believe are doing good work like TheGuardian as I would like to support their work but turned off for any site that I have visited less than 5 times in the past year. But I would take convenience over accuracy here. Right answers are over-rated.

Is there a browser plugin that will atomically do something sensible for me so I don’t need to figure this out? Or even something stupid. It probably can’t be worse at figuring this out than I am.

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  1. I hate them too. Not only from an irritation factor, but from a design perspective they ruin an otherwise delightful web experience.

    Same goes for ANY popup that distracts from the purpose of my visit. I did not come here to sign up to a mailing list before I know you, nor did I come just to be a ux/marketing research guinea pig… o_O

    Can I join you?

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Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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