Vivaldi browser tries to end your cookie consent nightmare
Chrome-based Vivaldi has released an update with a new ‘Cookie Crumbler’ feature to ease the hassle of cookie consent forms that have plagued the web for Europeans due to its new privacy laws .
Many people simply choose to accept cookies just to eliminate the dialogue so that they can display the content they want.
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This is one of the more annoying side effects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the previous Online Privacy Directive. The latter directive required that websites serving visitors from the EU obtain their consent before placing cookies on a visitor’s computer. Some US news sites simply block visitors to computers connecting from the EU.
Vivaldi’s latest update, version 3.8 for the desktop, includes a first attempt to remove this annoyance in the Ad Blocking section of the browser settings interface.
Vivaldi explains his reasoning in a blog post: “Users are often required to click through multiple steps to manage these cookies, including hidden options, a dialog on every page, or sometimes no way to opt out. a frustrating browsing experience.
“This leads to clicking ‘allow’ or ‘accept’ without realizing that, unintentionally, users have simply given trackers permission to create behavioral profiles about them.”
Vivaldi, along with fellow browser makers based on Chromium, Opera, and Brave, defied Google’s efforts to ban ad blocker extensions in 2019. All three browsers now have built-in ad blockers. Vivaldi offers here his explanation of the move.
Google has since promised to remove support for third-party cookies by 2022 and recently began testing its new cohort browser fingerprint technique, FLoC – or Federated Learning of Cohorts – with outside Chrome users. of the EU. Vivaldi, Brave and Mozilla, the creator of Firefox, opposed Google’s FLoC plans. Digital rights group Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) called FLoC a “terrible idea.” Microsoft, which makes the Chromium-based Edge browser, has not opposed FLoC.
Vivaldi users can try out the new Cookie Crumbler feature by going to Settings> Privacy> Ad Tracking & Blocking> Manage Sources> and enabling Suppress Cookie Warnings.
“It will just block the service requesting consent, or hide the consent dialog, in the same way it might remove a tracker or ad,” Vivaldi said.
Vivaldi warns that functionality is not yet perfect. It relies on third-party block lists, EasyList Cookie List and I Don’t Care About Cookies.
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“Although Cookie Crumbler works on most websites, it is not a perfect solution, as there will be a few websites that will use other tactics to obtain cookie consent,” says Vivaldi.
Please note that some sites may not allow users at all and may not work as expected as they actually require cookie consent for some functionality, but you can turn off the ad blocker in Vivaldi on these sites to turn off the Crumbler cookie. “
A spokesperson for Vivaldi told ZDNet that he plans to make the lists more visible in the browser UI.