On Tue, Nov 13, 2001 at 01:59:10PM -0800, Tim Roberts wrote:
> >people I know disable cookies for privacy reasons.
> Are you serious? "Most people" you know disable cookies? I don't think I know
> a single person who does so. I thought the whole ridiculous cookie scare had
> finally blown over, and good riddance to it. It's a red herring.
I surf without cookies unless they're necessary for a site I really want
to access. Not because I'm afraid of remote sites peeking into my hard
drive. Cookies can't store anything the original server can't
calculate, and unless you fill out a form, the only information they
have are things like your IP/domain, browser type, request URL and time
of request. Still, sites have no business sharing this info with
ads.doublecick.net (and thus to other sites) unless they put a big red
warning on the home page. The amount of stealth tracking also makes me
suspicious of sites that only use the cookie internally.
Our sites use the cookie just to track the session
ID and provide authorization levels to registered users, but we don't
track how much a user uses the non-anonymous services. Other sites may
be just as innocuous, but the point is you don't know. You also don't
know whether they will really honor their privacy statement. The fact
that I could sue them for breach of privacy statement is small comfort,
because I wouldn't go through the time and expense of taking them to
It's really a question of not wanting to be a willing participant in the
sites' covert data tracking schemes. If they said exactly what
information they're tracking and how they're using it, and it was clear
to all surfers, I wouldn't complain. But general statements like, "We
may share some information with others," doesn't tell me *which*
information they're sharing or *to whom* and *why*. If they won't tell
me that, I don't want to give them the info.
> can't get out. It can't read or write files. Java is an entirely different
> story, but
if I remember right. Especially if the browser automatically launches
or installs downloaded programs, opens downloaded Word/Excel documents,
tentacles through which somebody is always discovering a new way to
> experience more painful.
I don't expect it to make the site unnavigable. And those sites that
displaying an image or switching to another page), grr.
-Mike (Iron) Orr, iron@... (if mail problems: mso@...)
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