Has the EU created a real-life cookie monster?

Cookies are an integral part of browsing the web. They don’t make a fuss and they stay out of sight, quietly getting on with their job – a bit like gravity, or the bloke in charge of managing the National Grid.They’re placed there by websites in order to remember who we are, how we like the page to look, how we got there, and how we eventually left. Yes, they could conceivably be thought of as an evil force if you’re the kind of person who finds advertising tailored to your specific online interests to be a hideous invasion of privacy, but most of the time they merely oil our passage through the internet. Without them, buying goods online would be a bit like confronting an amnesiac shop assistant who keeps asking you: “What was it you wanted again? Pardon? Good morning, sir!”

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