The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has updated its Guidelines on GDPR consent to make it clear that neither the use of so-called "cookie walls" (making access to a website conditional on accepting cookies), nor scrolling or swiping through a webpage, can constitute valid consent by individuals to the use of cookies.  The Guidelines now include various additional examples in respect of these issues to illustrate these points.

These clarifications should be welcomed by website operators and other organisations which deploy cookies, although it will be interesting to see the extent to which the updated Guidelines actually discourage such practices.