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I believe having privacy laws is a good thing but given EU's track record I am skeptical of their implementation.

Their cookie disclosure regulation IMO has collectively wasted perhaps millions of hours of users' and website designers' time.

The cookie law actually was meant to solve the opt-in consent problem of user tracking that GDPR now solves with much stronger rules -- unfortunately the cookie law was vague enough that websites figured out that the cookie pop-up was sufficient to get around the law.

So really, users should be angry with websites for intentionally working around the spirit of the cookie law (and creating the annoying pop-up which basically requires you to consent to cookie tracking if you want to continue to use the website). The EU's mistake was not making the cookie law far more strict.

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