I tried to get on to the RSPB website this morning, but was refused access unless I enabled cookies.
Now obviously anyone can place whatever restriction they want on their own site, but I'm a bit surprised that a charity such as the RSPB does so.
I might have been wanting to join, or to make a donation (I actually wanted to make a purchase, which I have now made elsewhere) and to make this subject to cookie acceptance is, to say the least, a bit short sighted and probably counter productive.
Had a good general browse around the RSPB site including going to the Make a Donation and Join parts without being asked to accept a single cookie. I might be wary of accepting cookies from a 'dodgy' site but I have never had reason to turn them off and never had any problems.
Let doubleclick et al have what they want - it don't hurt or affect me.
Some people may not know how to lower their security setings or give website permissions, as not everyone is PC literate. Rather than Google or ask on a forum, some people just wouldn't bother. Bye bye donation. morddwyd has a valid point.
in their browser, but honestly it's not necessary - cookies are harmless.
I don't personally know of a single case where someone's security has been compromised because of a cookie. Lots of sites want to set a cookie, for a variety of reasons, and I wouldn't think of disallowing one.
If you really can't bear the idea, just disallow third-party cookies. Even those won't harm you, but they can result in your internet travels being tracked by an advertiser. It's not likely though.