Chromium-based Vivaldi has released an update with a new 'Cookie Crumbler' feature to alleviate the hassle of cookie consent forms that have plagued the web for Europeans due to its new privacy laws.
It's one of the more annoying side effects of the EU's 2018 General Data Protection Regulation and the earlier ePrivacy Directive. The latter directive required websites serving EU visitors to gain their consent before putting cookies on a visitor's computer. Some US news sites simply block visitors from computers connecting from the EU.
Vivaldi's latest update, version 3.8 for the desktop, includes an early attempt to remove this annoyance within the Ad Blocking section of the browser's Settings interface.
Vivaldi explains its rationale in a blogpost: "Users are often required to click on multiple steps to manage such cookies, including hidden options, a dialog on every single page, or at times no way to deny them at all. Naturally, this makes for a frustrating browsing experience.
"This leads to clicking 'allow' or 'accept' without realizing that unwittingly users just gave permission for trackers to create behavioral profiles about them."
"While Cookie Crumbler works on most of the websites, this is not a perfect solution, as there will be a few websites that use other tactics to obtain cookie consent," Vivaldi says.
"Please note that some sites may not let users in at all and may not work as expected as they actually require cookie consent for some functionality but you can disable the ad blocker in Vivaldi on those sites to disable the Cookie Crumbler."
A Vivaldi spokesperson told ZDNet said it is looking at making the lists more prominent in the browser user interface.