Cookies: An Endangered Species?

According to "The Endangered Cookie", proposed new legislation could make the common (and generally very useful) cookie extinct:

In trying to kill spyware, the authors drafted a bill with language that questions the legality of using any code to capture and store user information, including most first- and third-party cookies employed in online advertising.

Basically, the bill makes little distinction between bad cookies (such as spyware-type programs) and good cookies (such as ad-server code and legitimate adware).

Definitaly worth keeping an eye on.

Posted on: August 31, 2004 | 2 Comments

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Damn, it would really suck if cookies were outright banned. I don't see how it could ever happen - too many browsers, apps, scripts and programs rely on it. What's needed is just that 'distinction' between good and bad cookies' which is currently lacking. I'm all for killing spyware.

It sure would 'suck', but I wouldn't put anything past the politicians these days. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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