Opera Touch introduces the cookie dialog blocker and fixes the broken Web on iOS

Opera Touch Cookie Blocker

Opera Touch now allows people to block annoying cookie dialogs on websites. The cookie dialog blocker, a feature previously released in Opera’s Android browser, allows iPhone and iPad users to have a neater browsing experience.

Oslo – The cookie dialog blocker is a feature that no one knows they want until they try it. It allows users to choose, whether they want to see annoying cookie dialogs or not. Opera, for the first time brings this opportunity of experiencing a cleaner, neater web and focusing on content instead of clicking through cookie dialogs to iOS users.

The recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was aimed at providing people with an improved control of their online privacy. However, as an unforeseen consequence, websites implemented an increasing amount of often complex and confusing prompts, which make their visitors agree to their privacy practices and policies.

Opera developed a tool to give users a choice, whether they want to see those cookie dialogs or not. The feature was first released in the Opera browser for Android. After an overwhelmingly positive reception from users and press alike, it now comes to Opera Touch, both to iOS and Android.

Opera Touch is a fast, lightweight browser, which has won the Red Dot Communication Design Award for its unique user interface design. It also seamlessly pairs with the desktop browser through the “My Flow” feature.

Opera Touch puts content first

“We wanted our users to be able to focus on the content they are interested in, not on tapping through numerous prompts before they can even access a website. Now they have the option to switch cookie dialogs off,” said Maciej Kocemba, Product Manager Opera Touch.

By introducing this feature to Opera Touch for iOS, Opera becomes the first browser to give this opportunity of enjoying an annoyance-free web to iPhone and iPad users.

Tested on over 15000 websites, and more to come 

The cookie dialog blocker in Opera will attempt to block dialog attempts using a combination of CSS rules and JavaScript heuristics. The feature has been tested on over 15000 most popular  websites, and support for more websites are expected to be added as the feature is in continuous development.

The cookie dialog blocker can be switched on in browser settings. To configure the feature, go to Settings, tap on “cookie dialog blocker” and find the switch to toggle it on.

Since its launch in April 2018, Opera Touch has been in steady development. It has been upgraded with a private mode, dark theme, 11 search engines to choose from including Qwant and DuckDuckGo and 21 other new features. You can read more about these upgrades on our blog.

About Opera

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven digital content discovery solutions to more than 320 million people worldwide. The company remains one of the most innovative browser creators in the world. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.