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Old 12-13-20, 10:46 AM
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I opted out.....what is that gonna mean?

Had a big banner pop up when I logged in today telling me that continued use of the site meant I was "opting in" to the cookie policy. I opted to read through a bit of it and for the most part, pretty standard stuff. THEN I get to the part where I am agreeing that my personal info is going to be used in the loan dept of this same companies holdings, and that I agree to be added to "lists" for SMS texts and promotional emails from affiliates and partners....WHAT?
I just wanted to mess around on a Bike Forum.

I opted out via click box, it told me I was already opted in, and due to the verbiage concerning "continued usage"....Is there a place I can verify I am indeed opted out, or is it time to clear cookies for here and scram?
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Old 12-13-20, 12:09 PM
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I use a free email account that I never go back to and block notifications from for sites that monetize my use extensively. I also turn off all sms messages and block all tracking cookies on my computer. That’s enough for me……but YES you should scram!!!!
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Old 12-13-20, 12:21 PM
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I'm with cg. Sites that make unethical (IMO) business choices get a garbage email...especially the biggest offender over the years, FB.
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Old 12-13-20, 06:58 PM
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Old 12-13-20, 08:55 PM
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I've noticed European based sites are more conscientious about explaining cookie/tracking options to visitors and offer buttons to opt-in, rather than opt-out, of tracking. I usually opt in for the minimal, just to help their revenue a bit, without agreeing to unnecessary tracking.

But that's the difference in European law. Most US sites offer a simplistic all or none, all in or all out tracking option. And some sites disable browsing if we opt out.

I don't mind permitting some tracking to help sites that don't abuse the privilege. But few US sites are cooperative with consumers in the same way European sites are. (Well, other than the tabloid news sites in England.)

Increasingly I'm using proxy browsers, especially for links from social media to US based websites. Between the propaganda wars and outright scams, it's the Wild West.

That helps cut back on the junk email and garbage showing up via Google and Fakebroke. Google assumes that if I accidentally click on a website uncloaked via a truncated URL from FB, somehow I've consented to being flooded with irrelevant crap.
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Old 12-14-20, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
I use a free email account that I never go back to and block notifications from for sites that monetize my use extensively. I also turn off all sms messages and block all tracking cookies on my computer. That’s enough for me……but YES you should scram!!!!
Everybody already has a free email account at mailinator.com, and you don't even need to remember a password. Just make up a username@mailinator.com on the spot whenever some other fly-by-night website needs one, and go check the (publicly visible!) inbox at mailinator.com if you ever feel like it.

Another protip, beware of websites that email you your password in plaintext. It's ridiculously bad security practice, that probably signals they have other ridiculously bad security practices. You can report them here (if they haven't already been reported) and notify them: https://plaintextoffenders.com/
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