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"Good news: we removed all cookie banners from GitHub! 🎉"

"We find cookie banners quite irritating, so we decided to look for a solution. After a brief search, we found one: just don’t use any non-essential cookies. Pretty simple, really."

github.blog/2020-12-17-no-cook

@fribbledom Took them that long to figure it out huh? :akko_giggle:

@fribbledom The big difference is that they can afford to being owned by a corporation in Microsoft while smaller companies can't in reality.

@joeo10 @fribbledom Sure. It's pretty easy not to include sources from third parties. And why should you ever set cookies that a user hasn't opted into with something like a "Remember me" checkbox?

@waweic @fribbledom Or give the user options to not have cookies at all, would be ideal.

@joeo10 @fribbledom If a smaller company's business model requires data harvesting, I think it's fine if they are harmed by privacy legistlation.

@fribbledom Unsure if the're seeing the writing on the wall re EU legislation, or going all in on their charm offensive. Or both. 😨

@fribbledom As long as github is closed-source, it can't truly be trusted - no matter what they have to say

Those cookie popups are annoying. Worst is when a site has an ad pop over top of the accept cookies button so it's like checkmate, can't win.

@fribbledom Note so called "essential" cookies can still provide tracking information. The post says GitHub isn't "sending" information to "third party analytics services" (note the very specific reference), which is different than saying they're banning the collection of the data. Also GitHub now being owned by Microsoft removes Microsoft as a third party. This is basically just an announcement that says, "We've found some loopholes that allow us to remove cookie banners."

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Did they remove all non-essential cookies, or declare all cookies essential?

Or did they shift to other tracking techniques which work without cookies?

Sorry, my optimism is running a bit low recently.

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