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Think about how many times in a day on the Web you click “I agree” when you really don’t agree just so you can get on with your day and use an everyday thing.

This is not how consent is supposed to work.

And to be clear, I am in no way blaming us for clicking through them (and hopefully protecting ourselves with tracker blockers at the same time) instead of wasting time we will never get back to navigate them. The blame is entirely on a system that presents that as the norm.

@aral I've been training for this my entire tech life. I've been clicking "agree" on most such dialogs since, I think, Windows 95. Which didn't even have an internet connection.

@aral I agree. 😂

Jokes aside, that's why I've taken up the habit of adding a display:none; targeting that banner instead of clicking on it.

It only works if you don't need to navigate the site though (i.e just read that article and leave), because it'll just pop back up as soon as you click on a link.

@aral a pay-to-play system where i pay with my personal information every second just to interact with the modern world

@aral what’s weird to me is that on most sites like this you can keep using the site without clicking “ok”; does that imply that they don’t use cookies/etc. until you click OK 🤔

@aral Wait -- are you supposed to click "I agree" on those? I usually don't, and nothing happens, and I continue browsing. :\

@aral This is why I filter everything with uBlock Origin: because the other side of the connection fucked up on purpose, it's up to them to assume the legal consequences.

@aral I want to say I've seen a court case where they say that they don't hold any water because such EULAs are written for lawyers and people aren't generally lawyers. They also take away rights that you can't legally have people sign away.

@aral I leave them up. But you know they'll still sell your data anyway.

@aral I keep clicking on the 'more info' bits to see where I can turn off any so-called consent. It sometimes works, but mostly doesn't. Makes me so angry and yeh, often have to just agree to get on with my day.

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