The lone developer of the I Don’t Care About Cookies browser add-on, which displays a cookie warning, has sold it to Avast, prompting both concerns and new forks.
Web users around the world are suffering under the well-intentioned but ill-advised EU cookie law now for a decade. As a result, websites harass us with warnings to get us to consent to cookies and if you Not Agreed, they have no way of recording this fact and therefore harass you every time you visit.
Enter I don’t care about cookies, a handy browser extension by Croatian developer Daniel Kladnik. IDCAC, available for pretty much every web browser out there, automatically dismisses cookie warnings. You can adjust the settings if you want, but it automatically accepts the minimum cookies for the website to work.
We suspect such blanket acceptance might be a die-hard privacy advocate’s nightmare, but for many of us it’s a small but welcome improvement: you’ll no longer see cookie warnings on most websites, and a small daily hassle will go away. Every time the add-on was updated, it generated a reminder page asking for donations, but that was a very minor inconvenience compared to the one it banned.
But not anymore, because Kladnik now has sold his craft. He describes the buyer as “a famous and trusted IT company” – antivirus beating Avast. Located in Prague, half an hour by bike from Vulture Towers Central Europe, Avast was before bought its Brno neighbor AVGonly a few months after that vulture left the latter’s employment.
If this complex series of acquisitions, spin-offs, and mergers has confused you, you’re not alone. The former one-man IDCAC expansion will soon be a tiny part of the ever-expanding one Broadcom empire. Avast itself is Security concerns are no strangerin particular its controversial, and now discontinued Jumpshot browser extension.
Browser cookies are pretty harmless things, and until the law came into force, their primary relevance to most of us was something that system-cleaning programs could use to reinforce their claims of how much clutter they remove. If the law didn’t make the warnings so intrusive, we suspect most people wouldn’t care.
If Avast continues to offer the extension for free, and you’re happy to trust the company, then that excitement may prove beneficial – and if you don’t, we suspect free alternatives will likely appear in the extension stores of various browsers very soon. ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/21/avast_buys_i_dont_care_about_cookies_addon/ I Don’t Care About Cookies web extension sold to Avast • The Register