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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

As an EU-based user, I would like to know if clicking "Necessary Cookies Only" also disables so-called "Legitimate Interest" cookies. I do, however, want to say thank you for this ...
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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) upgrade

Am I understanding this correctly, the new GA4 system will still send information about every page view to Google for all users even if they do not give consent? From Google support: The pings ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

These issues have been partially resolved. Hooray! This is good, in theory. However, I'm rather upset that you've gone with the status quo and decided to use dark patterns. Just take a look at this: ...
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (Update: This change was made on Tuesday, May 10th; we spent the remaining days monitoring it,...
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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) upgrade

Have you considered other analytics systems? If so, what does Google Analytics have that's important enough to send all user traffic to Google? Google's understanding of what is and isn't okay has ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

Just a quick addition to point out why a company choosing privacy as the default may be better off in the long run when compared to a company that annoys their users by making it more difficult to ...
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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) upgrade

When I set the "no not track" flag in my browser, that means: do not tell Google, Facebook, Twitter or any of these that I am currently visiting this page. Is that so difficult to understand?...
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How does one Stack Exchange site know that I'm logged in to the other?

Once you get authenticated on a single site, the full.js gets loaded, which has a function UniversalAuth.performAuth() which gets called. That function starts with an XMLHttpRequest POST to /users/...
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

I do appreciate the addition of the new button. I think this is a great step forward from a usability and privacy perspective. However, I have some minor nits to pick: If I click the "Necessary ...
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How do I dismiss the new cookie popup that appears on the site?

Here’s a uBlock Origin filter to disable it: stackexchange.com##.js-consent-banner superuser.com##.js-consent-banner stackoverflow.com##.js-consent-banner mathoverflow.net##.js-consent-banner ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Dumb question but - are these cookies per site or network wide? More precisely, if I set them on AU today, will it take effect network wide either now, or as the feature gets rolled out?
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

There is something which has bothered me for a while: the colour of the buttons is not consistent and confusing. While the pop-up has where the "customization path" is marked with a silver-...
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

Thank you! Finally! To be honest, I thought this day would never come. You proved me wrong, and this has given me hope for more great things from SE/SO in the future.
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

status-planned With the "Your privacy" dialog having been put into production, I am seeing the following problems. Firstly, I have found significant usability issues on Firefox (87.0 (64-bit)...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

These are called Dark Patterns, also called deceptive designs. This problem could be eliminated by having an extra option called "Only necessary cookies". Additionally, to prevent Privacy ...
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The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up

Three times (different days) I’ve sat down when it’s quiet and reviewed my settings and extensions and I can’t figure why I can’t accept cookies effectively on all my devices either. Abhi’s comment ...
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Replace Google Analytics with a transparent, privacy-respecting alternative

What functionality does Stack Exchange need? 25k analytics Analytics accessible to users. Aside from stats that come directly from the database (posts and votes), there's: Page views This is the total ...
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Stop tracking users without their consent

We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (Update: This change was made on Tuesday, May 10th; we spent the remaining days monitoring it,...
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

This is a great step toward better transparency about the cookies you collect, and I'm glad that it has been implemented. However, as stated in a comment by @wizzwizz4: There simply shouldn't be an &...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

The first option counting from the top on the main popup should be: "Reject everything." I stopped browsing sites that don't offer a convenient "reject all" option and am glad to ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

The big question: Why replacing the reasonably sized footer initially pictured in the question with an intrusive banner? What is the benefit it accomplishes that outweights it being a huge annoyance? ...
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Make cookie preferences configurable in profile

For registered users, we're working on storing cookie preferences against your account so that your preferences are saved across our different domains. That will save you from having to set ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Can you give some examples of functionalities that may stop working if users disable Functional Cookies? Functional Cookies These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and ...
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Firefox, the cookie monster?

Firefox should be happy once again. The `.ASPXBrowserOverride` cookie is no longer being served. Fun fact: we resolved this issue on the whole network back in October 2012. Here is the fix, just '...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

bugstatus-completed In the mobile web version of the site, the footer link is called 'consent management' instead of 'Cookie settings'. Not that that's wrong, but it could cause confusion.
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Did something change with Stack Exchange's cross-domain login process? (no longer working)

Yes, something did change. The browsers we all use got a bit more picky about which cookies they accept. In my answer on How does one Stack Exchange site know that I'm logged in to the other? I ...
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

This is a good step. Can I suggest the following: don't ever use unnecessary cookies make the only necessary cookies to do with login show the login cookie info at the point of login, so a generic ...
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Can I have my flair without the cookie, please?

Thanks for the request, Serge. This is implemented (or de-implemented I guess?) now. It wasn't our intention to bake a prov cookie on this route so we won't anymore. This should be fixed for both ...
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