I think that a few days ago I downloaded some app from Codeplex.com, and I was able to download without having to allow cookies... which would be crazy having to allow them, just so I could download something. Anyway, moments ago I wanted to download some programs, and I wasn't able. I disabled AdBlock Plus, DNT+, etc., and still couldn't download anything, at all. I finally decided to allow cookies , and there you go... it's possible to download the files. And, I remember that not so long ago Microsoft bashed Google for bypassing browser's privacy settings. So what? What's the difference between bypassing some browser's privacy policies and forcing you to allow cookies, when these very same cookies are 100% unnecessary for the task to complete (to download some file)? The end goal is the same - break our privacy. I mean, it's not like we have to register to download (which would be 100% crazy as well), so why force us cookies?