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.