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Getting Rid of Nasty Flash Cookies on Linux

Mar 24, 2009, 18:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"According to Wikipedia, Flash cookies are readable only by their originating sites, and are not shared across domains. And yet they are called "Local shared objects." HTTP cookies are commonly abused by sharing across domains via third-party ad servers and in concert with Web bugs, and that is how they build detailed profiles of site visitors. If you enter personal data on one site, it is possible for that data to be shared with other sites, and then they know who you are. We're all familiar with the tired old "Oh we don't collect personal data on purpose, and even when it's accidental we don't look at it. It's all aggregated and anonymized! No, really!" bushwah. Uh huh. Open up your servers and let us see, because "trust but verify" is what wise people do."

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