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I'm American, so it's doubtful that I will experience any impact from this passing. Mind you, it won't go into effect until April 26, 2011, but I haven't seen any chatter about this and I wanted to bring this to the attention of our friends across the pond. I first heard about it on Slashdot about a month ago.

Basically the new law states that users must give explicit consent before a cookie is placed on his/her computer. The Wall Street Journal paints a picture of users being "...bombarded with annoying pop-ups or pages asking for permission" whenever they visit a site. eConsultancy has some musing on how this could impact the affiliate industry.

I know this is a long way off, but I thought it would help to give you guys a big heads up.
#cookie #law #passed
  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    Seems to me we already have this notification. All a user needs to do is enable it on the browser. I would be upset if that were bypassed by legislation. It should be my choice.

    (not that I'm affected. I just hope the US never gets this idea in their head)
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      Seems to me we already have this notification. All a user needs to do is enable it on the browser. I would be upset if that were bypassed by legislation. It should be my choice.

      (not that I'm affected. I just hope the US never gets this idea in their head)
      The US HAS gotten the idea! I thought there was already legislation for it. Several companies ABANDONED plans to "aggregate" data. many more give details in TOS.

      Of course, then there is google doing perhaps EVERYTHING!

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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Guess the goofy bastages don't understand how a session variable works to make almost every web app in existence function.

    Their limited pea brained scope is that cookies are only used to track people's surfing on the internet.

    Stupid politicians creating legislation about things they have no understanding of it's purpose or function.

    Stupid citizens allowing it to happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sean Kelly
      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Guess the goofy bastages don't understand how a session variable works to make almost every web app in existence function.

      Their limited pea brained scope is that cookies are only used to track people's surfing on the internet.

      Stupid politicians creating legislation about things they have no understanding of it's purpose or function.
      I agree, however..

      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Stupid citizens allowing it to happen.
      it was never in the news and we didn't get to vote on it and this is the first time I've even heard about it. Then again, we got to stop patents on software, however, there are stupid citizens in other countries that allowed that kind of thing to happen

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      • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
        Originally Posted by Sean Kelly View Post

        ...we didn't get to vote on it...
        Ah Sean, welcome to the European Union.... :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author John Cabral
      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Stupid politicians creating legislation about things they have no understanding of it's purpose or function.

      Stupid citizens allowing it to happen.
      Stupid citizens allowing too many things to be allowed by the government and big lobbyist...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    2011?

    Hope I move to Tahiti before that. This law is freakin amusing. Just like the European Union.
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    What a useless law! Browsers already allow this, and there are numerous 3rd-party tools to make it easier to deal with, like blocking all cookies from, say, doubleclick.com.

    The funny part is that people might react by simply blocking all cookies, then complain that they can't access their online financial accounts!

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    • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
      Originally Posted by SageSound View Post

      The funny part is that people might react by simply blocking all cookies, then complain that they can't access their online financial accounts!
      -David


      Another impossible to implement law thought up by overpaid EU bureaucrats who do not understand the practical implications of enforcing such hair-brained laws. Do they not realize the size and worldwide reach of the internet? I would suggest not.
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      • Profile picture of the author shaddai
        This will be interesting to see how the public reacts. The outright ignorance of government never ceases to amaze me.

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        • Profile picture of the author Wakunahum
          Ingenuity of Internet users and programmers will always think of solutions to bypass any regulations or laws this silly.

          There is no way a handful of a few hundred people can make and enforce rules when you have millions of internet users and companies looking to work around whatever the legislation is.

          I don't want to get too political, but I have always enjoyed the saying... they can't even keep illegal drugs out of prison.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I had my computer set so that I had to allow cookies to be set each time a site tried to set one. So every time I went to a site that needed to set a cookie, a window would pop up and I had to click yes or no. What a pain in the ass. I stopped that pretty quick when I realized what I had done. So if this is what the Europeans want, I hope they enjoy it.

    As far as I am concerned, I made that choice by setting my browser to accept them according to my choice. I don't want to have to make that choice each time I go to a web site. The extent to which politicians will go to protect us from ourselves, never ceases to amaze me.
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  • Profile picture of the author jjthomas
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    Without modification, seems the EU is shooting themselves in the foot. It's basically saying "Ok guys, guess what. YOU DON'T GET TO USE THE INTERNET ANY MORE!". No one is going to do that... and... for those that do -- there are so many workarounds to the cookie, its not funny. It's kind of like saying you aren't allowed to ride horses in the street any more, when people have been driving cars for the last 100 years.
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