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You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

Aug 12, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Singel)

"So even if a user gets rid of a website's tracking cookie, that cookie's unique ID will be assigned back to a new cookie again using the Flash data as the "backup."

"Even the Whitehouse.gov showed up in the report, with researchers reporting they found a Flash cookie with the name "userId." The site does say in its privacy policy that it uses tracking technology but it does not mention Flash or tell users how to get rid of the Flash cookie.

"The report is being submitted Monday as a comment in the government's proceeding about the use of cookies on federal websites. Federal websites have traditionally been banned from using tracking cookies, despite being common around the web — a situation the Obama administration is proposing to change as part of an attempt to modernize government websites."

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