Monday, July 16, 2007

Stale cookies

Today the Official Google Blog announced a new privacy practice - Cookies: Expiring Sooner to Improve Privacy.

"After listening to feedback from our users and from privacy advocates, we've concluded that it would be a good thing for privacy to significantly shorten the lifetime of our cookies — as long as we could find a way to do so without artificially forcing users to re-enter their basic preferences at arbitrary points in time. And this is why we’re announcing a new cookie policy." (Peter Fleischer, Google Blog, 7/16/07)

How much of this new policy is indeed intended to protect the privacy of users - as opposed to answering criticism regarding Googles practices - is still open to discussion.

See also: Big Brother Google and Is it OK That Google Owns Us?

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