Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 22:37 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Internet & Networking "Evercookie is a javascript API available that produces extremely persistent cookies in a browser. Its goal is to identify a client even after they've removed standard cookies, Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects or LSOs), and others. Evercookie accomplishes this by storing the cookie data in several types of storage mechanisms that are available on the local browser. Additionally, if evercookie has found the user has removed any of the types of cookies in question, it recreates them using each mechanism available."
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RE: Something has to be done
by j-kidd on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 13:45 UTC in reply to "Something has to be done"
j-kidd
Member since:
2005-07-06

Logging out from gmail, youtube or facebook to read some news elsewhere is not really an option - it's simply too obtrusive to bother about. It's so much easier to let these guys to track your browsing session instead.


You want something to be done, yet you don't want to do it yourself. Once you find a way to not use gmail, then you can disable cookie for the whole google.com, and solve half of your problem.

It's really not that hard. I don't even use google search anymore.

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RE[2]: Something has to be done
by ndrw on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 15:02 in reply to "RE: Something has to be done"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

I agree with you that this indeed would work. But I was thinking more in line of a solution, not a workaround, however effective it would be.

I can give up using using a service or two but how about others? Is everyone interested in basic privacy supposed to disable cookies and JS by default, stop using Google/Facebook/... apps and install tens of addons to weed out unwanted cookies?

Besides, it's not that a single cookie (even evercookie) is dangerous on its own. They carry little information and, just like JavaScript or Flash, are here to be useful for us. It's the network effect that we should be careful about. Collecting two bits of information doesn't just add them together, it places them in a context resulting in escalation of knowledge about the person leaving them behind.

Currently there are no manageable solutions for tackling the network effect (other than leaving the web, or at least some of its services) and we can be sure that there will be more organizations trying to exploit it in the future.

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j-kidd Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, I think your technical solutions are indeed workarounds, because whatever solution it is, we can be sure that there will be organizations trying to exploit it.

The solution is to support organizations that do no evil.

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