The regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy called »General Data Protection Regulation GDPR« is generally a good thing, but unfortunately it makes browsing the web way worse.
Let's face it: we failed. Thanks to GDPR the user is disrespected even more by most of the websites out there.
Of course there is another way. Your website does not need cookies. Recently we removed all of the cookies on our website and you can do it too. It is not so difficult.
- Remove all third party tracking software.
- If you need website analytics, use a privacy friendly alternative (e. g. Plausible).
- Do not blindly install fancy marketing plugins from a marketplace. Instead understand how a website works and build things yourself.
- Do not use similar techniques as an alternative. By cookies I mean all kind of stored client data. Using local storage instead of cookies will not help you.
By the way, I am neither the first nor the only one talking about this (e. g. GitHub).
There is a nice little game out there which will help you understand.