Opting Out May Not Prevent Websites From Collecting Your Data

Illustration by Gerd Altmann.

If you do not want websites to track you online, you could try opting out. Many websites provide opt out mechanisms. In fact, depending on where you are located, websites are required to provide such However, there are many problems with the existing mechanisms. For one, they are often based on cookies that can be easily deleted by accident. Opting out is also unnecessarily burdensome…