Undeleting Cookies Or Is It Just Spyware?
from the just-what-was-not-needed dept
Cookie technology is often misunderstood. It is quite useful, and it's unlikely to be misused widely. In fact, even the various tracking cookies that some spyware programs highlight aren't really that bad. Still, if you want to delete your cookies, you should certainly be allowed to do so. However, just as reports are coming out claiming that an awful lot of people are deleting their cookies regularly, some company has come up with a technology that secretly restores deleted cookies on the theory that users are too stupid to understand cookies and that they probably didn't want them deleted in the first place. Beyond being obnoxious, this certainly sounds like it could be illegal. As Mitch Wagner explains in the article linked above: "So let's review, shall we? PIE inserts itself on machines without the user's permission. (spyware) It tracks the user's behavior without the user's permission. (spyware) It reports that information back to the licensee of the software. (spyware) And it blocks users' attempts to disable tracking. (spyware) If only there was a (spyware) word to describe software that behaves in that fashion." We can hope this is just an April Fool's joke gone wrong, but it sounds like the company might just be serious.