Does anyone else get really irritated by the permissions things you get on every website? 'Accept all' etc.
Do you click 'accept' just to get on with it? I'd prefer not to, and some sites just let you simply click 'reject all' with no further problems. Some have a choice between 'accept' and 'learn more', but that involves much faffing about and usually results in me clicking accept anyway as I've lost the will to live by then.
I'm intensely irritated by the questions and click Accept All most of the time. I'm still alive and haven't seen any adverse side-effects. Every day I look up numerous websites from Facebook links and elsewhere and simply do not have the time and energy to delve into each individual one.
However, there was one website that said "We use beer to construct our website and cookies to give you a pleasant experience" with a button that said "Whatever". That appealed to me.
I usually accept all cookies, and/but I have my browser set to delete all cookies when I close it except for important sites like EF.
So they aren't getting the benefit of all that tracking but they don't know it!
Sometimes on my work laptop I look at the cookies that have been saved. There are thousands - advertising sites and facebook and google track you even if you think you're only visiting business sites. And if you don't mind targeted advertising I don't suppose it matters much.
I mind targeted ads very much. Thing is, even when rejecting everything possible and surfing on a private browser etc, you still get ads related to something I searched for on Google or mentioned in gmail, which shouldn't happen. All those cookies things mean almost nothing.
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I never get targeted ads on my laptop (at least I can't remember when I last did) - but I don't sign into Google, or Youtube, or Facebook, or any of those things in the same browser. Once Google knows who you are via a login, they don't need to look at cookies on the same computer - they have records of everything you've searched for, plus all your emails.
And I'm pretty sure they have a network of who you know so they can advertise things your family have searched for. Once (on my phone) I got an ad, while Little Miss JoeP was flat-hunting in Cambridge, for the very flat she'd just asked me to look at - via WhatsApp which isn't google. That was freaky and disturbing.
I suppose they don't care about appearing disturbing to people like us ... they must get enough hits from people who think this is wonderful clever magic.
And maybe they can't ... my suspicion is that she had searched for flats and looked at the details of this one, and google had noticed ... and separately google has a database that says we're related and so it showed me that ad.