Basically someone companies have no interest in advertising to or tracking.
Most importantly though a browser can remember you declined cookies.
Maybe we could call it something like "DoNotTrack", to get the idea across.
DNT was mostly ignored, but if it had the weight of law behind it, it could still be great.
Some places still respect the header. Medium does - you'll get the warning for embedded content.
Properties should be defaulted to what is most likely user desire, I think. So for DNT this would mean “true.”
It was ignored because companies that make money from tracking also make browsers and web sites.
Advertisers couldn’t care less about privacy.
HN, can we get a political movement going to make the EU adopt this?
Would be much nicer if the - already existing! - do not track header was interpreted to mean "Allow-Cookies: HELL_NO_WHY_ARE_YOU_EVEN_ASKING_FUCK_OFF".
Thanks to GDPR, the provider does NOT have to ask for consent for necessary cookies - only for the tracking stuff to which you have no incentive to agree. Every time a page pops up one of those "we value your privacy" screens, they're lying in your face - if they did, they wouldn't have to ask.
A more wordy version of the sentiment would be something like, "We value your privacy. At about $1.83. Could we have it, please?"