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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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Nov 2009 @ 1:43pm

    There are cookies and there are "cookies".

    There is the normal cookie that nobody cares about and that can be easily deleted or viewed by anyone and there is the super-cookies like flash cookies that few know about it or the new standard DOM storage.

    DOM Storage can be used to store large amounts of information that can then be upload to somewhere like the Halfnote app does.

    https://developer.mozilla.org/en/DOM/Storage

    It is starting to get a bit scary indeed.
    The Flash cookies can store information too and can be controlled by a flash application that can record and store things. Is that not a bit scary?

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