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Slaying the Cookie Monster

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 24 2009

How to make use of the plus side of web cookies -- the nearly magical way they know where you've been and where you might like to go next -- without the unpleasant privacy implications is a question the Obama White House has been wrestling with. It's a fascinating problem, really. How does a web-savvy government connect with we the people without spooking us too badly in the process? About an hour ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy opened up a formal comment period for public input. What they're considering, they say, would be to take a tiered approach. Single session cookies, for example, would be treated with less strictness than persistent cookies that track our unique user characteristics.

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