Want a Glass of Milk?

So, I was conducting research for Hypothesis 525303.294543-3271 that is contingent upon Hypothesis 24592.1332335-3111 for construction of Theory 24313 v.101.1-2.13 on the web today and I stumbled upon a couple sites (with a particular keyworded search I might add) that just had one of the most explicit Cookie Disclosures I had ever seen – it was almost like Cognitive Dissonance in the form of a disclosure! You know, that pestilent little voice of, “You really should not disable your Cookies, but if you do, then the website won’t work correctly…but I mean, it’s your choice, but just know we eat your cookies if you click.”

Immediately, it annoyed me.

To make matters even more annoying, in the Agreed to Continue button, it even generously gave you a countdown to let you know exactly when it had finished gobbling those cookies to proceed (how utterly thoughtful!).

Normally, if I am browsing the web for anything I do not want to be seen, I utilize Google Chrome’s Incognito Browser. But out of curiosity, did an experiment: I cleared my cookies without closing the browser to restart  (which should have rendered the cookies viewable),  and then Clicked the Agree and Continue Button of which I was directed to an entirely different website. When I proceeded to hit the back browser, it allowed me back to the site without the disclosure reappearing, but there was no need to read further as now it was a mission of how to get on the site without taking my cookies.

Literally, just how the process was done is what genuinely, to the bone, both tickles and infuriates me. Not to mention the obvious of, “What a little arrogant control freak website owner!”

Now, here is the kicker, if you do this on Google Incognito mode, the site WILL NOT let you in from the main page because, naturally, the cookies can’t be rendered (assuming it is more than a landing page as the content was not what was relevant). The Agreed and Continue button just does an infinite loop of Wait 9…8…7… to repeat. Then on proceeding to close the regular browser (after I had cleared the cookies in an experiment) the site would not re-direct back as it had before (because it couldn’t get any cookies) assuming it was not a complete landing page.

But I do have to give props to the disclosure which was so thorough that it just hit home and painted the visual picture in my mind:


The thought was rather disturbing, but then again, not really. It was all in the intent anyways, which could make a cookie misleading and I refuse to change and alter my life because of the Cookie Monster. Aghast!

The USA is not as strict on cookie privacy as the EU. On May 2011, all countries in the EU adopted the EU Directive which gave individuals the right to refuse cookies that reduce their online privacy. Each country then updated its own laws to comply. In the UK, this meant an update to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

However, if you want a a very thorough Cookie Disclosure, this is a great one to start you off – I was really actually impressed and of course, had to admire the brilliance of it ;). THIS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED OR CONSTRUED TO BE LEGAL ADVICE AND NO LIABILITY SHALL BE ASSUMED HEREIN.

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In this case, the site owner got the cookie, and having you know that was the glass of milk. Touche.

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