Website: Washington Post

The Washington Post got the most unusual homepage since the GDPR came into force in May 2018, as it is the only instance I know of that assigns a financial value for tracking users.

Firstly, The Washington Post homepage is no longer what you expect of a publisher. No news headlines, no newspaper sections. Nothing apart from offering three options:

  1. A free browsing experience for a set number of articles, coupled with full consent for tracking.
  2. A subscription for $60/year that gives unlimited access but still coupled with full consent for tracking.
  3. A subscription for $90/year that gives unlimited access and has no third-party tracking at all.

WaPo homepage in EU

Surprising as this may be to see a high-quality prominent publisher replace its homepage like this, we can do a simple calculation: according to the Washington Post’s subscription fees, the value of tracking users is $30/year.

Website: CAU Restaurants

CAU was a chain of restaurants in the UK that went into administration in July 2018. Its website had a rare UI element: an always-visible link to the privacy notice even after the user agreed to cookies.

On first load, the tracker consent notice is simple and clear enough: Options to accept or decline, with a link to learn more. It’s unusual, and refreshing, to find a clear way to reject tracking.

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What’s interesting is the black bar visible behind it: It’s always visible and has a large link to the privacy notice. This bar remains visible even when the user accepts or rejects tracking cookies.

cau-privacy-notice-is-always-pinned-to-footer

Website: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights is an interesting case that illustrates a common issue.

EU FRA

  1. Two things to note:
    The notice has a clear binary choice: accept or refuse cookies, with separate calls to action. There is also a link to the privacy policy.
  2. The notice is very small, almost unusable, on mobile. The screenshot is taken on Chrome on Android.

It’s unusual to see a clear option for the user to reject tracking cookies, but no surprise an EU institution has that option.

The biggest shortcoming here is UX: make the notice easier to read and interact with on mobile. The touch targets for fingers to tap on small screens are a bit too small, and, more importantly, way too close to each other.