The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. Pop-up notices that advise users that cookies are in use are a legal formality. All modern websites employ cookies, so the notice is redundant, and only necessary because of ridiculous EU legislation based on popular disinformation about cookies. It is not a reasonable and viable course of action to decline and then expect to continue using the website. Most people who decline are uninformed because of popular disinformation about cookies, falsely believing (a) that websites can work just as well without cookies, and (b) that cookies are a privacy threat when they actually are not. (Only third-party cookies are a potential privacy threat, and you can turn them off in your browser settings.) If you are a purist, it would be reasonable to close the browser tab and discontinue using that website on receiving such a notice. It would be more reasonable for a purist to stop using the world wide web entirely. Cookies are a core part of WWW standard architecture. You cannot reasonably expect to use websites today without accepting cookies. There is no standard consequence for “declining” the notification. What happens will vary from one website to another: The pop-up might continue to appear until you accept it. The browser tab might close. You might be referred to a page containing a message like “thanks for your interest”. You might be referred to another website. The pop-up might close, and nothing else may happen. Cookies might be disabled, resulting in a dysfunctional website (the least likely outcome, since web developers don’t like to break their own work). It isn’t really a choice. Rather it’s a legal notification. Without cookies, the web as we know it cannot function properly. I suggest you either (a) disable your third-party cookies in your browser settings and stop fretting over nothing—because regular cookies are not a privacy threat; or (b) stop using the web entirely. There’s no such thing as continuing to use websites with all cookies disabled, unless you want the frustration of constant functional failures, and even illegible displays. The standard architecture of the world wide web is not a matter of user preference. It’s a prerequisite for using the web. Cookies are part of that standard, and virtually all websites have heavily depended upon them since the end of the “web 1.0” era about 20 years ago. Privacy is an important issue. However, unfortunately, protecting your privacy is not at all like this oversimplified popular myth suggests. One must educate oneself in order to retain a modicum of privacy; and accepting popular disinformation is a misdirection, not self-education.