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We Need Better Cookie Consent

Michael Moreno
3 min readSep 18, 2021


I just wanted to spin off a quick rant about GDPR-related cookie consent messages, because they’ve gotten out of control. Before starting to write this I captured some examples from a few news websites:

Daily Express
Sky News

These are popular, mainstream news organizations, and they should be leading the way in website UX, and yet they are all too happy to thrust an aggressive lightbox popup into their users’ faces, blocking them from seeing the site’s content until they interact with said popup.

It turns out the GDPR’s webpage on cookies doesn’t say anything about having to implement cookie consent this way. Their guidelines merely state:

To comply with the regulations governing cookies under the GDPR and the ePrivacy Directive you must:

* Receive users’ consent before you use any cookies except strictly necessary cookies.
* Provide…