Right now, if you visit an SE site the following things happen:
- two cookies _ga and _gid are saved, those contain unique IDs used for Google Analytics
- a request is made to www.google-analytics.com containing these unique IDs
- a request is made to stats.g.doubleclick.net containing those IDs
All this happens before you even see the consent dialog. So all of this by design is performed without asking for consent from the users. SE is systematically tracking users and submitting that data to Google without asking for consent.
I asked for the legal rationale behind this 3 months ago, this request has not been answered so far. This time I'm not asking for explanations, I'm asking SE to simply stop tracking users without consent.
As SE can't answer the legal question in a reasonable amount of time, I think taking the legal aspects out of the discussion is necessary. Legal questions can only be answered by lawyers, and those seem to be the limiting factor right now. What I'm asking now doesn't need a lawyer.
Not tracking users is safe, it does not require consent nor does it require lawyers. SE can simply stop setting those cookies and making those requests before the user consents to non-essential cookies. Tracking less is always the legally safe choice. And if SE can't figure out a justification on why they are doing this kind of dubious tracking, maybe it's in their own interest to stop it until they can figure out if they're breaking the law right now.
So I'm not asking for any legal answer anymore, I just want SE to stop tracking users without consent. I think this is bad behaviour no matter what the legal details are, asking for consent before tracking users is the right thing to do.