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September 16, 2009

Adobe to Buy Omniture for $1.8 Billion - NYTimes.com. More Flash cookies?

Adobe to Buy Omniture for $1.8 Billion - NYTimes.com.
As soon as I read this headline, I thought about the problem of the proliferating, unmanageable Flash cookies.

More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash Cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday.

Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.


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