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EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

MEPs have today voted in favour of moving on with legislation that aims to give users more rights over websites that wish to track them. The highly anticipated vote came after a week of political wrangling by centre-right MEPs, who have said that the ePrivacy regulation as it stands would "stifle innovation". The committee …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Oct 2017
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CloudFlare shows Tor users the way out of CAPTCHA hell

CloudFlare has backed up its promise to get rid of the CAPTCHAs that Tor users complain discriminate against them. The content distribution network's (CDN's) hated CAPTCHAs make browsing an unhappy experience for Tor users by offering rather too many challenges. Worse yet, they drop a cookie on validated users' browsers and …
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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

French privacy watchdog CNIL has snarled at 20 websites for failing to comply with EU cookie laws. Following a series of raids last year, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés this week put the websites on notice for not giving users enough information about how their activity is being tracked. Under EU …

Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha

Google has settled its US legal woes over allowing third-party tracking of Safari users without their knowledge and consent for the relatively paltry amount of $17m, to be shared among 37 states and the District of Columbia – aka Washington DC. The settlement [PDF] states that between June 1, 2011, and February 15, 2012 Google …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
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Filthy! old! blog! bug! blamed! for! Yahoo! webmail! hijacks!

Yahoo! webmail accounts are being hijacked by hackers exploiting an eight-month-old bug in the web giant's blog, security biz Bitdefender warns. Messages with a short link to an apparently harmless MSNBC web-page are being spread to compromise mailboxes: the link actually points to a completely different website hosting …
John Leyden, 1 Feb 2013
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ICO warns: Just six months to comply with EC cookie rules

The Information Commissioner's Office won't begin enforcing the new cookies law for another six months yet - in the meantime, the regulator has issued a reminder to web outfits warning them to prepare to comply with the legislation. On 25 May 2011, the implementation of the revised e-Privacy Directive passed with a whimper …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2011
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Advertiser settles charges for use of Adobe Flash cookies

An internet-based advertising network has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges stemming from its use of Adobe Flash cookies to track internet users' browsing history, even when they took steps to evade monitoring. Boston-based ScanScout agreed to make it easier for web users to opt out of tracking, as part of a …
Dan Goodin, 8 Nov 2011
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Microsoft, McDonald's absolved of tracking cookie abuse

A judge has gutted a lawsuit that accused companies including Microsoft, McDonald's, and advertising network Interclick of fraud for the use of code that tracked the browsing history of website visitors, even when they took pains to keep that information private. Wednesday's dismissal of claims under the federal Computer Fraud …
Dan Goodin, 18 Aug 2011
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LinkedIn slashes cookie lifespan after research exposes security flaws

LinkedIn said it would reduce the persistence of cookies it uses to identify users of the business-focused social networking site following the discovery of security issues with the site that create a possible means for fraudsters to hijack profiles. Security researcher Rishi Narang discovered that LinkedIn session cookies are …
John Leyden, 24 May 2011
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Adobe (finally) makes it easier to delete Flash cookies

Adobe has finally fixed a privacy weakness that threatened users of its ubiquitous Flash Player: the software's storing of cookie-like files that many websites used to track visitors' behavior against their wishes. So-called LSOs, or local shared objects, are useful for storing user preferences, such as the preferred sound …
Dan Goodin, 13 Jan 2011

LG Cookie breaks into UK

LG Electronics has launched the Cookie Series, a range of brightly coloured phones aimed at the youf generation. Each Cookie comes with a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, which claims to allow "easy texting without the bulk of a physical keyboard". Hmm, does anyone actually prefer touchscreen typing? As with many phones aimed at …
Caleb Cox, 6 Aug 2010
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Sites pulling sneaky Flash cookie-snoop

Many websites are using Flash-based cookies to track users, but often omit to mention this in their privacy policies. US academics have documented the little-known tracking technology and its use in practice in a paper called Flash Cookies and Privacy. Browser-based cookies constitute a well understood and widely deployed …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2009
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Attention developers: Your SESSIONIDs are showing

Protecting passwords is important, but do you take the same care with your SESSIONIDs? You should. Here's how they work: When you log into a web application, you exchange your credentials for a SESSIONID cookie. This cookie gets sent with every subsequent request from your browser until you log out or the session times out. …
Jeff Williams, 29 Sep 2008
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Data pimping catches ISP on the hop

What's the story with Phorm, NebuAd, and other behavioral targeting firms that track user data from inside the world's ISPs? In some cases, even the ISP can't tell you. In February, the Silicon Valley-based NebuAd deployed its deep-packet inspection technology on a Middle America ISP known as WOW!, formerly WideOpenWest. The …
Cade Metz, 22 Apr 2008

Google in cookie concession to dead people

Hoping to appease privacy advocates who've come down hard on its data retention policies, Google has made a practically meaningless change to its cookie policy. The world's most popular search engine will soon issue browser cookies that automatically expire if you don't come back to the site for two years. El Reg estimates …
Cade Metz, 17 Jul 2007

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