A grey coloured information banner on makecode.microbit.org will be introduced in early 2018 by Microsoft to comply with the EU GDPR.
What has changed and why?
In short, just the banner. This messaging has been introduced by Microsoft across all of their websites to comply with EU law. The new GDPR regulations require specific consent notifications to be displayed and you can read more about Microsoft's commitment to GDPR and data privacy on their site.
How do I remove the banner?
To remove the banner, just carry on using the editor. This is considered an agreement to the statement. For example, if you open the Projects folder or Download a project, the banner will be removed and won't appear again unless the cookie is cleared or it expires.
What is the GDPR?
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.
What are cookies, analytics, personalized content and ads?
Cookies are small files stored on your computer by your web browser that contain information about the pags you visit and how you like things set up. They don't hold personal information, but they might store your preferences such as the language you are using.
Microsoft don't show ads on makecode.microbit.org or to any educational audiences, but they are using consistent messaging across all of their websites and some will show advertisements. For more information read Microsoft's pledge to safeguard student privacy.