Cookie Types and Ethics of Their Use

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Cookie Types and Ethics of Their Use
Matthew Fones
IFSM 201

The purpose of this research paper is to identify and explain three commonly seen cookies used on the Internet, along with identifying any potential ethical issues with such activities. The two most commonly used cookies are session cookies, persistent cookies. I will also describe a third type of cookie known as a flash cookie. First I will define what a computer cookie is. A cookie is a piece of text that a Web server can store on a user's hard disk or equivalent. Cookies allow a Web site to store information on a user's machine and later retrieve it (Brain, 2000). Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server. Without cookies, websites and their servers have no memory. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing, but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page. The first type of cookie to be described is the session cookie. This type of cookie allows users to be recognized within a website so any page changes or data selection you do is remembered from page to page. The most common example of this functionality is the shopping cart feature of any e-commerce site. When you visit a page of a catalog and select certain items, the session cookie remembers your selection so your shopping cart will have the items you selected when you are ready to check out. Without session cookies, if you click “checkout”, the new page would not recognize you’re past activities on the prior pages and your shopping…...

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