A cookie banner that allows site visitors to pick their cookie flavor is:
- complex to build:
it means you have to categorize every cookie for every service you embed on the site, or pay a monthly fee for a service that does this very useful thing for you
- complex for site visitors:
how many regular human beings know the difference between the different cookie flavors and the nuance of how every one of the tracking services uses them?
- questionably a legal requirement:
my last reading of the relevant regulation was that a preference of which cookie flavor to allow was not a law requirement, only something overzealous services chose to implement
- a cookie service party:
the aforementioned overzealous services are super happy to charge you a monthly fee for “solving” a complexity problem that is not there if you are savvy enough
This complexity is legal people’s wet dream. It isn’t enough for the scumbags to have filled every website on the internet with an advertisement for their legal services, they also want to make it the first thing anybody visiting any site on the internet sees, and they want to make it more complex than a 747 cockpit, if they possibly can.
So who exactly is the brain damaged user who will willingly enable tracking if they have a big button saying “deny tracking”? Which incidentally is in fact legally required to be present and have the same prominence as the “accept” button. Apple’s iOS popup that lets apps ask users to be tracked is reportedly getting in excess of 99% denial, as expected.
All the complexity of a cookie preference panel caters exclusively to the adtech market who hopes to confuse at least some of the users enough to get a small percentage of them to accidentally enable at least some tracking.
So no Sparkle does not have a way to add preferences to selectively block cookies based on flavor.
Ultimately I expect that we will have to cave and add it, just because legal people don’t understand technical matters, and they don’t think twice about adding complexity just “to be on the safe side”, and once that legal advice is given nobody questions it because, well they’re the lawyers, you have to follow their advice.
I’m not sure my hate for the complexity that legal people added to the web made it through, so I’ll just add that I really really loathe this dynamic of mutually assured destruction.