occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

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@thamesynne And even now, places like the NYTimes settle for "we use cookies to track everything. Suck it", rather than questioning if they actually *need to do this*.

(And the LA Times just says Sod Off)

@porsupah yeah, i've run into a few websites which are all "for legal reasons we don't let anyone from the EU in" and i'm just like "well thank god it's not a significant market for you or a rather large chunk of the world's wealth and population or anything..." 🤷

@thamesynne @porsupah It's a pretty dire indictment of the media industry that some companies would rather completely deny access to information than operate on a business model that doesn't sell their readership's privacy to the highest bidder.

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