Post by Peter Moylan
Why do people constantly send me to web pages that demand that I
accept their cookies? (Even just the "necessary" ones, whatever that
The necessary ones are the ones needed to track your browsing history.
They are necessary in order to customise advertising directed to you.
Luckily, most web browsers have "delete all cookies" as an option. I
thought Firefox had an option to delete all cookies on exit, but I can
no longer find it.
That would be fine if I could protect from deletion specific cookies that I
select (because they store passwords), but I haven't found out how to do that
in Chrome. Lewis may know.
For those who think that I never mention PTD except to say something nasty
about him, I will add that I am completely of the same mind as he is on this
particular issue. It's become almost impossible to go anywhere on the web
without being faced with a demand to accept cookies. I have also been
wondering what "necessary" means.
Isn't that because of EU privacy laws? They can't collect cookies
without your permission, which you can't give without being asked.
Guess when these messages started appearing.
As to "necessary", that's in the mind of the web designer, but I would
include the cookies that store your password. For many purposes, your
history on the site, especially if the page required any "stateful"
information that the state-less HTML doesn't help with, such as whether
you are logged in or not. For certain types of design, your history is
often needed to patch up the back button ("single page" is a term for
to load the actual content, so some people might not see any of these
Many of the prompts for cookie permission lead you to a dialog that
allows you to say "none", in which case you won't get much out of the
page, "all" in which case you are fully tracked, or "don't sell my
information" which can lead to you seeing random ads instead of focused
ads, but most features of the page should work.
Of course, sometimes the prompts just give you a choice of "all" or
"why are you here, then?"
"I'm glad unicorns don't ever need upgrades."
"We are as up as it is possible to get graded!"
_Phoebe and Her Unicorn_, 2016.05.15