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HTTP Developer’s Handbook by Chris Shiflett

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Privacy and Security Concerns with Cookies

Cookies have become a source of privacy concern in recent years. As with most technologies in the computer industry, this reputation has been earned by the misuse of the technology more than the technology itself. As noted earlier, many Web browsers have the use of cookies enabled by default (without user warnings), and many people have taken advantage of this situation by profiling customer tendencies, collecting unnecessary personal information, and so on. The semantics of cookies are fairly well designed for the task they are intended to accomplish. The abuse, however, has resulted in cookies having a rather negative connotation.

The most common misuses of cookies are as follows:

  • User profiling with ...

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