What a truly incompetent bit of European Parliament legislation. What a bunch of bozos.
That said, here's what we're doing:
1. Installing geotargeting software so that the carbuncle permission system is restricted to the EU only.
2. Updating terms and conditions and privacy policies on shopping carts to comply.
3. Switching our subscription popup system so that it runs on IP addresses in the EU only. (The rest of the world can keep the intelligent, cookie-based, functioning one.)
4. For EU visitors, switching off Google Analytics, and Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In like buttons, all until each of these has a cookie-free way of functioning. (I’d love to hear from these guys if they’re doing anything about this.)
So… compliance with the law without worrying, ugly and meddlesome messages. Consequence: reduction in service for EU consumers.
What a total waste of time and money. Down with the European Union. Time we left them on their own to rot in mediocrity.