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Cookies, the law and their relevance going forward

fingerprint-cookies.pngRecently I saw an article claiming that the EU Cookie Law is a disaster, with wide variations in implementation and impact. It may be that those who came up with the law really don’t get cookies, since platform profiling makes cookies irrelevant over the long term -- you can fingerprint.

 

Fingerprinting is the ability to identify individuals, not by using cookies, but attributes like browser resolution and other system characteristics - if you put enough factors together, everybody's unique. 

 

With browsers like Safari (and someday FireFox) blocking 3rd party cookies by default and IE set for Do Not Track by default. Entities interested in tracking are going to move to other techniques that are even less understood by governments (like Fingerprinting) and the tools are readily available.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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