[UPHPU] Walt Mossberg says I am wrong. Is it true?
richardkmiller at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 14:02:24 MDT 2005
Walt Mossberg of the WSJ wrote about cookies in his column today.
The tone of his article came across as a bit alarmist to me, so I
wrote to him to say so. See my email to him and his reply below.
I'm curious what you all think. Specifically, is there such a thing
as the cookie he's talking about that can track the sites (plural)
you visit? From a PHP developer standpoint, I personally know of no
way to access another site's cookies. I don't see what the big scare
is about cookies.
The article is here: http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/ptech-20050714.html
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Walt Mossberg <mossberg at wsj.com>
> Date: July 13, 2005 9:31:50 PM MDT
> To: Richard Miller <richardkmiller at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: in response to July 14 column on "cookies"
> You're wrong. Some cookies are like your description, but the ones
> I am talking about track your activities, without you doing
> anything overt.
> Walt Mossberg
> Personal Technology Columnist
> The Wall Street Journal
> mossberg at wsj.com
> On Jul 13, 2005, at 11:24 PM, Richard Miller wrote:
> Mr. Mossberg,
> I use a Mac, so while I am not subject to other spyware (as of
> yet), I do accumulate cookies in Safari. As I understand them,
> cookies can only be read by the site that placed them on your
> computer, so they can only contain information that you give away.
> (It might also contain your IP address, which you implicitly give
> away by visiting a site.) It seems inaccurate to compare cookies
> to a TV set that tracks what you watch. They're more like a TV set
> that notifies CNN when you've watched CNN before, but doesn't know
> you've watched Fox News or ABC.
> Safari also has the option to "Accept Cookies Only from sites you
> navigate to", which I believe is the default. If cookies are
> written and read only by the sites you navigate to, with no "cross-
> pollination", what's the big deal? Am I missing something?
> Richard Miller
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