poVoq If your website does not do any user-tracking you don't need any of those pop-ups etc.
True. My forum doesn't have notices because I don't have any tracking. But, many websites do extra tracking and not always for abusive reasons.
Every other website I go to has a cookie notice. Whether they need it or not. Because GDPR law was written poorly and it makes people nervous so they add pop ups and extra notices even if they don't need to.
I go back and forth as far as whether I like or hate GDPR. 😄 Sometimes, I think it was written by people who did not grow up with the Internet and just don't fully know what a cookie is. And, what I call "cookie hysteria" or "cookie propaganda" was around long before GDPR. Most of it is over reaction. Cookies are as natural to the Internet as "www." It's all very silly (the laws, notices, etc.).
How many people see a cookie notice and then say, "Oh, OK... I'm exiting this site then because I don't want these cookies on my computer." Not many. Most people including myself plow ahead and use the websites they want to use. I like the website, and so, I'm using it. I trust it. Therefore, it's useless noise making the Internet ugly and annoying... And many times it's simply because the website owner isn't sure if they need the banner or not... so they add it just in case. Or, to make a certain group of people feel better.
I do agree that Amazon and Facebook most likely deserve any fines they get. Which is why GDPR should have been written to only focus on huge, global platforms and/or online stores, banks, and similar sites that store a ton of personal information. GDPR should add language that basically leaves everyone else alone. The bad guys are gonna be bad regardless. GDPR won't stop them. So, leave everyone else alone and let the Internet thrive. Just focus on the humongous sites.
Maybe the laws should say... if your website gets over X visitors and has over X users/members, then you must follow these rules. 🙂
Having said all this... I actually do agree that Flarum needs a GDPR extension which is the point of this thread. Sorry for going off on tangents. 😆