Court Says No Harm, No Foul With Flash Cookies
from the what's-the-harm? dept
There were some articles a few months back about the use of “flash cookies,” which could potentially record more information about visitors than regular cookies, and were much more difficult to turn off. As with pretty much every new privacy fear, class action lawsuits quickly followed. However, a judge in one of them has pointed out that there’s no evidence of harm, at least not enough harm to matter to the court under the law. While some people are quick to jump on every privacy scare, it seems like the courts are pointing out that just because people freak out about privacy issues, it doesn’t mean any real harm occured. This is probably a good thing. While privacy is important, all too often we see people freak out about issues they claim are “privacy” issues when they’re really just more “well, I don’t like this” issues.