Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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cookies, eu

EU's Cookie Law Should Crumble

from the not-a-good-situation dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in versions of this story about new EU cookie rules that will require anyone placing cookies on your computer to first get consent. This is the sort of law that is passed by people who don't understand the technology at all, and misinterpret "cookies" as automatically being malicious. This is the sort of thing that people who were first understanding the web got concerned about a decade ago, until they realized it was nothing to worry about. Except... it appears some people haven't quite figured that out yet, and tragically, they make laws in the EU.

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    techdirtReader, 13 Nov 2009 @ 3:56pm

    I don't like the idea of a persistent cookie unless it is a service that has a logon. Washington Post makes everybody login. People can reasonably deduce that the Post can track what they do at the Post.

    Multisite tracking cookies do bother me. They don't announce themselves. They just track. I don't know what the proper remedy is. I am not claiming the regulation is the answer. Just saying I am bothered by them. I would estimate more would be bothered if they understood, but they don't.

    Yes, there are tools to remedy the problem, but only the tech savvy know about them. I can't imagine the time it would take me to get my mom up to speed. It would be impossible.

    I recommend TACO and BetterPrivacy firefox extensions. TACO will automatically setup opt-out cookie values for the famous tracking companies. BetterPrivacy will delete flash cookies (or cookie equivalents) upon browser close. Up until two months ago, I didn't even know about the existence of flash cookies.

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