EU News Websites Usage of Third-Party Cookies Post-GDPR Declined


Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford did a research and discovered that there was a 22% decline in the number of tracking cookies on EU news websites ever since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enforced on May 25, 2018.

The study evaluated th use of cookies throughout the EU news websites prior to the enactment of the GDPR, in April, and following its observance, in July 2018. Analysts from the Institute looked at a total of 200 news websites, from 7 countries, particularly Finland, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, and the United Kingdom.Right after the the end of the research, the results unveiled that the most remarkable decline was noted in the United Kingdom, where news websites are today employing 45% less tracking cookies as compared to prior the launch of GDPR. At the opposite end of the scale, German news websites exhibited little change with 6% less cookies in July compared to the number tracked down in April.

Dr. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the technology news site SiliconRepublic co-author, said that the study findings are important. News websites are specially reliant on third parties like advertising companies for numerous essential features such as monetisation to social network sharing. Thus, how they handle GDPR is vital and affects a wider response. With an apparent drop in the amount of third-party material, th reach of adtech firms suffered however not the largest US-based technological companies.

The following news websites similarly had an equivalent decline in the usage of tracking cookies:

news sites associated to web design and optimization tools – 27% decline
websites associated with advertising and marketing tools – 14% decrease in cookie usage sites utilizing Facebook and Twitter social buttons – dropped by 9% from 84% in April to 77% in July

Regardless of these differences the typical suspect still turn up at the top of the most employed tracking services, which include Google (96pc), Facebook (70pc) and Amazon (57pc). Just 1% of European Union news websites quit employing Google cookies, 5% Facebook cookies, and 2% Amazon cookies. The research observed that many of the European Union news websites that quit employing cookies stopped employing lesser known solutions in comparison to the more widely recognized companies.

News agencies, on the other hand, carried on to utilize cookies, but a 22% decline in the quantity of cookies was noted throughout EU news websites. A tiny 1% decline was noted in the usage of tracking cookies from April to July, dropping from 99% to 98%.

This indicates that though certain EU news websites evaluated what they were tracking, they decided to keep on tracking users, nevertheless in a lesser degree.

The experts gave their opinion on the report telling there was a sort of ‘housecleaning’ impact. Modern sites are very complex and change as time passes in a path-dependent manner, oftentimes acquiring out-of-date functions and code. Enforcing GDPR gave news companies an opportunity to examine the application of a variety of features, which include third-party services, and to take away code that isn’t necessary to use and could undermine user privacy.