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Cookie consent going down hill

SE's cookie reject seems to have just got a lot worse. I now have to both opt-out, and then reject "legitimate interest". But that is not enough; I have to then go through all the vendors, ...
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What’s with the new cookie banner with "legitimate interests" only on certain SE sites?

Stack Overflow has a new cookie banner/setting page which includes somewhat hidden "legitimate interests". Which also have to be objected to individually, not by using the "necessary ...
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The "Cookie Settings" link in the footer is not aligned vertically with the other links in the "Company" section on narrow screens

When the width of the browser window that is displaying a site on the Stack Exchange network is sufficiently wide, it shows the different sections in the footer (e.g. the "Meta Stack Exchange&...
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If I accept all cookies, why is it not saved that I have accepted all cookies?

Every single time I go to a stack exchange website, I am prompted to accept cookies. Why does this decision not get stored in a cookie? Why do you have to ask me every single time, and no matter what ...
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How does Stack Exchange verify an advertiser is adhering to its advertising policies?

How does Stack Exchange ensure that ads don't deliver a tracking pixel if I have opted out of cookies? Is it impossible for an ad to track me if I have opted out of targeting pixels or could an ad ...
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1 answer
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Cookie pop-ups are repeatedly displayed on international sites & translations are not reflected and displayed in English

Problem #1 Translations are not reflected on the cookie pop-up screen on international sites and each meta site. (We should have translated these strings.) https://ja.stackoverflow.com https://ja.meta....
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1 answer
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Overlapped items on cookie customization popup

There are overlapping items on cookie customization popup on mobile devices like Android phone:
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Choosing "Necessary cookies only" doesn't prevent appearing of cookie notice after page refresh [duplicate]

Since yesterday choosing "Necessary cookies only" option on cookie notice doesn't prevent this notice appearing again and again after page refresh: Reproducible on all non-English Stack ...
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The Cookie Policy link is broken

The post below made me investigate the links at the bottom of the page. Opt in or out of cookie tracking To opt in or out of cookie tracking, scroll down all the way to the bottom of any page on ...
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Do Stack Exchange websites know my location? [duplicate]

Do Stack Exchange websites know my location? Stack Exchange uses cookies, right? Do my coordinates go to some database?
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Add a link to the site cookie settings from the User Settings page

Apparently cookie settings are configurable via a link on the site footer. I found this out thanks to a brief mention on the Advertising Guidelines update: Opt in or out of cookie tracking To opt in ...
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2 answers
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What is the script being fetched from cdn.cookielaw.org when I open the cookie settings dialog?

What is the script being fetched from cdn.cookielaw.org when I open the cookie settings dialog? What is it for / what does it do / why is it needed? Following the update in Update to our Advertising ...
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1 answer
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Login cookie timeouts on Stack Overflow

I'm just trying to figure out what the rules are regarding login cookie expirations on the site. Is it that they expire on the 1st of the month, do they last for 1 month from the login, or do they ...
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Why can't I dismiss these Stack Exchange cookie popups on mobile browser? [closed]

These pop-ups keep appearing on my Android phone when browsing Stack Exchange sites. No matter what I choose these popups occur on every page refresh and whenever I try to view a question. I'm using ...
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I keep getting the privacy pop-up windows when browsing SE on iOS

I keep getting the privacy pop-up windows when browsing SE with Chrome on my iPhone (iOS 15): I don't think that's intended, so I'm tagging that as a bug. Feel free to retag as support if I missed ...
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Update the help center page on site analytics to reflect that traffic sources are not tracked for users with performance cookies disabled

Effective May 13, 2022 (or earlier), the Google Analytics cookie will be recategorized as a performance cookie and will no longer be saved for users who opt out of performance cookies (or all cookies),...
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1 answer
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Replace Google Analytics with a transparent, privacy-respecting alternative

Earlier this year, Google announced that Universal Analytics (UA) will be going away and will stop processing new data after July 1, 2023. Stack Exchange currently plans to switch to Google Analytics ...
119 votes
5 answers
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The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up

Recently, every time I hit a new page in Stack Exchange, whether it be the list of questions in a given forum, or a specific question, I get a pop-up like this: Your privacy By clicking “Accept all ...
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Why am I unable to close the cookie consent popup on iOS 12.5.7? [duplicate]

Not a Duplicate It does not seem to be a duplicate of these: The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up Why can't I dismiss these Stack Exchange cookie popups on mobile ...
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How do I permanently set my cookie preferences?

I visit Stack Overflow on my phone several times a week, and it seems like about once a week (maybe more?) I get this cookie banner. I make my selections, and expect the site to remember them. A week ...
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Why does the Stack Overflow site keep logging me out? Only in Chrome

For the past few months, I've encountered this issue. As I do not bother until recently, I find it very annoying. I have not done any changes towards my account, nor Chrome settings. Here are some ...
438 votes
12 answers
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

We’ve added a “Necessary cookies only” option to our cookie consent banner across stackoverflow.com, all Stack Exchange sites, stackoverflow.co, stackoverflow.blog, and all other Stack Overflow sites. ...
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3 answers
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Why is Stack Exchange using dark patterns on its cookie permission dialog?

It would appear as though Stack Exchange is employing a dark pattern in its cookie permission dialogs. Specifically, there are two buttons presented in the initial dialog. The colour depends on the SE ...
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6 answers
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

In the recent Data Brokers episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed this picture: (jump to relevant part around 18:57) which is of the Stack Exchange cookie screen. He said this: Privacy ...
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Session cookies seem to get lost

Starting around 1st of February, I get suddenly logged out from Stack Overflow or other Stack Exchange sites. I observed this effect in the following contexts: (1) I switch to a browser tab where I ...
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Strictly Necessary cookies text: "then" not grammatically correct

When customizing cookie settings, the following is shown under Strictly Necessary (click for bigger/sharper image): These cookies are necessary for our website to function properly and cannot be ...
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19 answers
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

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 ...
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1 answer
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Is there a special 'trick' to Mmm, Cookies?

I cannot get what would seem to be one of the simplest hats to achieve - Mmm, Cookies! I usually run all kinds of ad, content, cross-site tracker prevention & cookie blockers, so I switched off ...
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1 answer
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Not accepting targeting cookies leads to YouTube videos not loading in blog posts, resulting in huge gaps

Background: I've never accepted all cookies on Stack Overflow. Note: I do not block any cookies. When I'm viewing this latest blog post for example, it has 7 huge gaps between paragraphs where the ...
38 votes
7 answers
12k views

Google Analytics 4 (GA4) upgrade

Update Sep 14: GA4 has been enabled network-wide. Update Sep 8: GA4 has been enabled on Super User. TL;DR: We’re preparing to upgrade Google Analytics to version 4. A few months ago, the Google ...
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Why do these buttons (Accept all cookies - Customize settings - review your question) not work on my browser? [duplicate]

In some browsers, these buttons do not work. Your privacy By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our ...
42 votes
3 answers
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How do I dismiss the new cookie popup that appears on the site?

Lately I've been seeing this cookie popup that blocks a lot of the screen. When I try to do the "manage cookies" thing, all it shows me are several categories, with a green oval containing ...
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0 answers
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stackexchange.com missing cookie consent logic

There appear to be two bugs on stackexchange.com regarding GDPR/CookieLaw and cookie consent: There's no cookie consent dialog, similar to the rest of the Stack Exchange network You can't manage ...
104 votes
1 answer
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Stop tracking users without their consent

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 ...
194 votes
1 answer
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

When you open a Stack Exchange site the first time you are asked about your consent for storing cookies. You can disallow all cookies except those that are defined as "strictly necessary". ...
23 votes
2 answers
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Did something change with Stack Exchange's cross-domain login process? (no longer working)

I have my web browser set to block all third-party cookies. The only place where this is an issue is on Stack Exchange sites, where it prevents a log in action on one site from successfully logging ...
8 votes
1 answer
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Unable to customize cookie settings on stackoverflow.co

I wanted to look something up about the company and the About link took me to the new marketing site for Stack Overflow. I got the cookie privacy notice and it initially appeared as it's supposed to. ...
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0 answers
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Please, make "Your privacy" "Accept all cookies" popup smaller, so it will not obscure half of the page [duplicate]

I read numerous questions: Do I have to use a browser plugin to stop being accosted on SE sites with the “Accept all cookies” pop-ups over and over and over? Bug? Options? How do I dismiss the new ...
37 votes
1 answer
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How does one Stack Exchange site know that I'm logged in to the other?

Here's what I did: Completely cleared my browser of all cookies Opened a new browser window in Incognito mode Navigated to askubuntu.com and log in Opened a new tab and navigate to stackoverflow.com ...
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Winter Bash site shows cookie policy dialog even after logging in

Even after logging in on the Winter Bash 2021 site on a new browser, the cookie policy popup is still shown. Why is this happening? I thought they were stored across all Stack Exchange domains, and it ...
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Stack Exchange Cookies Customize Settings Fails on Firefox on Raspberry Pi [duplicate]

Unable to remove privacy popup without clicking 'Accept all cookies', which seems like it will work ('Customize settings' does nothing). For this system, this forces me to accept all cookies which is ...
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Logging in via Chrome on Android: Request lacked state, may have been forged

I get this semi-regularly when I try to log into sites on the stackexchange network, today it's for superuser.com. I follow the pattern of Log in→Log in with Google and I get the familiar error ...
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"Accept only strictly necessary cookies" button [duplicate]

Everytime I start the browser on my computer and visit one of the stackexchange websites, I have to click the "customize settings" and "confirm my choices button" on the cookie ...
4 votes
1 answer
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Do I have to use a browser plugin to stop being accosted on SE sites with the “Accept all cookies” pop-ups over and over and over? Bug? Options? [duplicate]

I keep seeing these on SE sites: Your privacy By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our Cookie Policy....
48 votes
2 answers
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Make cookie preferences configurable in profile

As shown in e.g. Could the cookie banner please be made less intrusive? and multiple answers to We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent the current cookie banner design is less than ideal. ...
22 votes
1 answer
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Firefox, the cookie monster?

I'm having some problems with being logged out at least once a day. Whilst I'm slowly trying to debug the issue I noticed that Firefox isn't happy with some of the cookies in chat. Go to your ...
41 votes
2 answers
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Could the cookie banner please be made less intrusive?

I frequently visit Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites from private browser windows, which means I get the cookie banner over and over. Does it really have to cover the most useful part of ...
6 votes
1 answer
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How can one remove the "Accept all cookies" and "sign up" popups so that they don't appear on SE pages saved on web.archive.org?

Example:
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1 answer
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What was the teams rationale to using third party cookies in the cookie preference settings?

There has been a lot of fuzz regarding the cookie consent pop-up lately. One of the reasons for this is that it uses a third party cookie, to store your cookie settings. Some users experience this as ...
11 votes
0 answers
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Can the Stack Exchange websites work with a small cookie notification? [duplicate]

The massive cookie acceptance notification is a major annoyance. Even more annoying, is that even if I've logged into Stack Overflow, when I visit another Stack Exchange website, I'm shown the ...