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The Cookie Crisis

posted Nov 7, 2010, 9:55 PM by Nick Fredman   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 10:06 PM ]
So, you just logged in to, and the site asks (via checkbox) "would you like to save your login information?", and your browser asks you, "Would you like to save your password?"

Whether you realize it or not, your favorite websites (and most you casually visit) and even your browser save information about you from passwords, to purchases, to frequency of visits to different sites.  In addition, many of these websites will share your information with other sites for the purpose of advertising to you, gaining information on your browsing patterns, and sometimes even giving out your mailing address.  That's can actually get advertisements delivered to your house based on information being shared to a company you've never even heard of before.

There has been a good deal of legal and social action against companies engaging in these actions.  However, many databases have been created by hundreds of unscrupulous companies over the years, and it is quite likely that any of your personal information has been distribution numerous times.  The guidelines in place prohibit many types of contacting and many uses of this information, yet your info is still being shared across many businesses around the world.