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GDPR and Permissions

An annoying result of european data protection and ‘cookie’ legislation has been the introduction of these annoying pop up asking for consent to track you.

The NPR website has implemented it quite well. You get the option to accept tracking, or be redirected to a text only version of the site.

Simple, clear.

But they still ask for permission to track you. What for?

GDPR article 6 states that data processing is lawful if:

processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data…

So is their data collection actually illegitimate or infringing on privacy rights? Or are they just covering their arses just in case?

Kinda ruins the benefit if everyone puts up these permission requests, regardless of whether they are actually infringing.

Dated: 2019-07-04
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