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Tracking Web Users- No Cookies Necessary

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 21, 2010

Deleting those cookies from your Web browser is not enough to protect your privacy online, an Australia-based Electronic Frontier Foundation computer scientist asserts in a paper due to be formally presented this summer. CNET News reports on Peter Eckersley's findings that modern browsers have been designed to provide Web sites with "a torrent of information thought to be innocuous" that can actually become personally identifiable when taken in combination and compared with other browsers. Eckersley said the law should treat these "browser fingerprints" as personally identifiable information and is recommending changes to ensure browsers send less information about their configuration settings to Web sites.
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