Not sure what exactly means and if the article is legit. If it is, we all need to tell people we are using cookies.
This is in the line of what the European Union said a few months ago (and the plugin implements, since it's configurable). See IMPORTANT NOTE (on the original post or below). Also, please remember
that the European Union is made by several countries, and each country
is free (for now) to make their own laws and regulations. The European Union is just a "guideline" or a very basic restriction/law/norms/... each country could decide to restrict even more or modify a little those laws.
The European Cookie law is "open" to interpretation on what it's considered "consent" or not.
So, here, the EU leave the door open to several interpretations. Most countries didn't do anything about it, some countries (cant remember exactly which one) asked for explicit
consent, others like UK just did, asked for implicit
: Users needs to accept the cookies before a cookie is created via a process (usually just click a button).Implicit/Implied/Indirect consent
: Users accept cookies by indirect actions (usually keep browsing on their website). Note: cookies should
be created after the user keep browsing!Opt-out consent
(what in my opinion most countries applied and just the UK has regulated): This is what most people do in real life, not doing this implies you're missing first visit of your users. Users "accept" cookies, but have the right to opt-out (stop being tracked/using cookies).
Differences between implicit and opt-out: opt-out consent will create the cookie without the user's consent, ie. user load your page -> create cookie -> keep browsing
implicit consent will create the cookie AFTER the user keep browsing your page : user load your page -> keep browsing -> create cookie
The difference is very small, but means that implicit consent will miss the first page load of your users (which is a lot of data!)
In my opinion these kind of laws are stupid because 99.999% of the websites have this popup/topbar/footer/whatever, so maybe, include an icon in a browser but be way less invasive (but also, that's not a browser responsibility)