The stupid Cookie Law: we’ve had enough

Like many we’ve been astounded at the breathtaking stupidity of the new EU Cookie Law, which makes over 90% of UK websites illegal in exactly one month.

We also couldn’t believe that no-one would organise any protest against it. So we’ve just started one.

Launching today, we present No Cookie Law. We made this website to raise awareness about the ridiculous law, and – maybe – to have some chance at changing it.

To be honest there’s no way of knowing how this will be received. We’ve put a lot of effort into putting it together, but now we’re in your hands. Without the support of others this is just another website – collectively we can make a difference.

If you support us in this campaign please take a moment to sign our petition. You can also follow our dedicated No Cookie Law Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates.

Wish us luck!

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  • Andreas Belivanakis

    Excellent initiative!  I recommend you post this in forums of the RapidWeaver community. RapidWeaver is made by a UK firm, and a significant number of RapidWeaver developers are directly affected as they operate in the UK.

    • silktide

      Thanks Andreas, we will do!

  • Nick

    Having thought about this a bit more. Surely this new law is going to become subject to abuse by the people who were abusing it to begin with (but a lot more easily). There will be legitimate click to accept cookie buttons and then there will be buttons that have been created maliciously. So haven’t we just given a green light to spam and hacker sites to offer us ‘Accept Cookies’ boxes that could potentially be very harmful to our computers. I’m just bringing up the point, because it seems everyone is soo worried about complying to the law, that it seems completely missed about how people could expose the new law. 

    • silktide

      Hi Nick, I don’t think adding “click to accept” solutions will mean anything different to spammers, because if they wanted to set cookies, they could just do that anyway. It would only be a problem if they are encouraging users to “click to download” and then download some nasty exe file. 

      • Nick

        That’s what I mean. Pressing ‘accept cookies’ could trigger anything. The wording is trivial. Just means users will become more relaxed when being offered a link that says ‘accept cookies’ but not question the motives of the JS action.

  • Andy

    just use web storage :/

    • silktide

      Hi Andy, unfortunately this same law also applies to HTML5 web storage and Flash cookies

  • Kellan lutz

    It is very frustarting