I’ll get this out of the way first. I don’t have a cookies policy on any of my blogs or websites. The reason for that is because I refuse to acquiesce to the GDPR policy of the European Union. I live in the United States, I have very few people from Europe who visit any of my sites, and I’m not going to the trouble of putting something up that irritates me when I visit other websites.
Of course I visit a lot of other websites and blogs, and if I’m not using Firefox I see these stupid cookies policies everywhere. That’s why I don’t use Chrome all that often, but my biggest problem is with mobile. I’ll be coming to that in a couple of minutes.
I understand that people want to try to do what they consider the right thing; I really do. Overall, I get why so many people have added a cookies policy. I don’t like that particular popup, but then again I have a problem with popups in general.
My dissatisfaction is twofold.
Now let’s talk mobile. This time, I have a two and a half fold problem.
The first problem and a half is pretty much the same as I have with regular websites, that being not having the option to opt out of cookies and not having an X to click and close the thing. It’s possible that the size of the pop-up is such that the X doesn’t show. This tells me that some of you using the cookies popup haven’t actually looked at your mobile phone or your tablet to see if the X is there or not. That’s one of the problems I’ve had with a lot of people who put things on their website but never bothered to check and see what it looks like or whether it works. That’s very sloppy management.
I see this a lot on major article sites, magazine sites, sports sites, entertainment site and some news sites. I believe they think they’ve got you because they assume you’re going to crave their content so much that you’ll do anything to read it. I’m not the one, and I’m betting a lot of other people aren’t falling for it either.
Right now most of these sites are lucky for two reasons.
Two, many of these sites doesn’t need Google to bring them traffic. This means they’re trying to appease the EU and their GDPR rules… but most of them are getting it wrong.