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Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 8:12 am

From The New York Times: Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

From the article: “The technology, so-called Flash cookies, is bringing an increasing number of federal lawsuits against media and technology companies and growing criticism from some privacy advocates who say the software may also allow the companies to create detailed profiles of consumers without their knowledge.”

Nice to see the Times is getting around to noticing flash cookies after all this time; depressing, though, how behind mainstream media seems to be about privacy issues in the Internet.

And so you know, if you’re using the Firefox browser you can easily track the addition of Flash cookies and delete them at will by the use of the Better Privacy plugin…search for it in the “Tools->Add-Ons” box. Adding this to an arsenal of turning off javascript, not loading flash by default, and avoiding privacy-invading websites like Google will at least help control the information advertisers can use to violate your privacy.

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