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Flash Fix Is Important First Step

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 14, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts to improve privacy controls in Adobe's Flash video player after privacy advocates and regulators raised concerns that companies could use such technology to track Internet users. "So-called 'Flash cookies,' which are small files stored on a user's computer through the Flash program, have raised privacy questions because they are more difficult for users to detect and delete than regular cookies associated with Web browsers," the report states, noting that although Adobe's effort to simplify the program's settings is an important step, it "doesn't solve all the issues associated with this type of tracking," and other video programs can also track users. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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