I’ve just loaded the forum and got the new intrusive modal by OneTrust asking for consent about cookies, designed to be extremely boring and unintelligible for non-tech people to manage them to click on “accept all even when I’m not aware of what all of these means and that’s not aligned with the GDPR consent”, but anyway.
I’m an informed user. I’m a web developer, a conscious person aware of the surveillance capitalism era and multiple methods used for invading our privacy, our freedom of information, and even our democracies.
So I went through the process to uncheck (!) all the options. I want to highlight this fact: checks should be DISABLED by default, according to the GDPR. All of those categories (except one) were ENABLED by default.
But what I found tremendously incoherent and even hypocritical was the “Strictly Necessary Cookies” category:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
Note the “strictly necessary” part of the name. Please, explain me how the f*** analytics are strictly necessary to run a service. Here’s a hint: they are not.
I express my direct rejection for this data to be collected and processed, since it’s not strictly necessary to the service to run in any technical sense. I want to express my concerns about this nonsensical GDRP consent modal window —suposedly by a specialized company— which doesn’t align with the actual regulation.