This week, it’s all about cookies. No, the other kind.
Issue #161 (Dec 8th, 2021)
Cookie consent pop-ups
The death of 3rd-party cookies and what lies ahead
Microsoft Edge puts a smack-down on Chrome
Free live UX writing event tomorrow
🍪 Cookie consent pop-ups: some people hate them, while others just hate them. Not only are they a UX nightmare and a dark pattern, tricking and annoying users into consent, but they’re also largely ineffectual. Sites are still placing trackers on devices even before users’ consent, with “many of the biggest publishers potentially violating their readers’ privacy ... by giving them a false notion of control.” Fun.
🥠 But change is coming. In 2023, Google will effectively eliminate 3rd-party cookies by changing a default Chrome setting. But is Google doing this out of respect for user privacy, or is there an ulterior motive? “Federated Learning Cohorts” and more in:
🚫 OK, if you’re sick of all those very undelicious cookies ruining your web experience, this article has some handy tips, tricks, and tools that you can add to your browser right now. Less digital cookies, more real cookies.
Podcast: A fascinating conversation with Colin M. Gray of Purdue University about the past, present, and future of dark patterns. From the non-digital roots of manipulative design to motivating businesses to stop using them, and much more: What you didn’t know about dark patterns
JOBS 👔 Aussies love a good bikkie for brekkie (biscuit/cookie for breakfast), almost as much as they love replacing the endings of words with “ie.” (Yes, “selfie” came from Australia.) Turns out Woolworths is “Woolies” down under. 😂