Update (Feb 8 2021): We’ll be doing some A/B testing with the consent interface. Once we’ve landed on a final design, we’ll use that design on all of our sites network wide. Additionally, we’re working on cross domain support and hope to have this ready to roll out with the final consent interface design. This will ensure that you aren’t prompted again across our domains if you’ve already confirmed your settings.
Starting today, we’re testing these new options on one Stack Exchange site (Ask Ubuntu). Next week we’ll roll out to four more sites and monitor things for a few weeks. If all goes well, we plan to roll out network wide the week of February 3rd (or sooner).
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Here’s the rollout plan, just so you know what to expect if you frequent one of these sites:
|Super User, Cross Validated, Tex-Latex, and Database Administrators||Week of Jan 11th|
|Network wide||Mar 30th|
You can also expect to see some updates to the cookie pages in our legal portal along the way as we iterate to improve the information we provide.
If you come across any bugs with the updated experience please add an answer to this post so we can address it. As mentioned before, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about this, but we can’t give legal advice (such as interpreting the GDPR or other regulations).