#5: Techcrunch, Engadget and Oath cookies galore

Oath, the parent company of Techcrunch, Engadget and many other technology sites has started rolling out its consent process for cookies. Warning: it's a doozie.

First, you'll get this lovely thing that makes it very easy to say yes:

1

If you hit manage options you'll get some choices and more information about what's actually going on, and who they're sharing data with.

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Cool. But... who are they? Clicking the small manage link shows you to a separate our partners page which looks interesting. There are two options: see and customize which partners use data, and see how they use it.

Hidden behind door number one? A few hundred data sharing partners, and a default opt-in! Whoops - this is most likely not compliant with GDPR and makes this a pointless excercise.

omfg

But wait, there's another option with even more buttons here under "Other partners" which is apparently something separate with, holy shit, more than 100 checkboxes.

ouch

Door number two, now that I've disabled... all of these random companies, just describes what the data is processed for. OK then! You now have my consent to not share my data.

wow

At the end of the process I was shown a full page ad, so just closed the tab. Cool.
wf

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