Online privacy campaigners acts against cookies
Monitoring Desk – 11,2021 – Civil society organizations campaigners of online privacy on have filed hundreds of complaints against websites and platforms in Europe over violations of rules on cookies, the files that track user activity.
NOYB Group (None of Your Business) said 422 complaints had been filed with 10 data protection authorities and promised to make separate complaints against big players such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Google.
This Australian based group had filed written warnings to 516 companies in May over their use of pop-up banners asking users to consent to “cookies”, giving them one month to conform to EU rules.
The NOYB Group argued that at the time the pop-ups did not give the user a simple “yes or no” choice over data collection that the law required.
The NOYB Group NGO said there had been improvements on many websites, noting that almost half the violations had been fixed.
According to the activist group said major websites including Amazon, Twitter, Google and Facebook had refused to cooperate.
To stop what it calls the “cookie banner terror”, NOYB aims to scan, review, warn and enforce the law on up to 10,000 websites within one year.
NOYB published statistics in May showed that only three percent of online users wanted “cookies”, but more than 90 percent said yes to them as they could not reject them easily.