AOL demonstrates why cookies are evil

I have been put on the spot often enough for defending people's rights to remove cookies that I am rather sensitive to the issue. I have never been comfortable talking about invasion of privacy because it makes me sound a bit paranoid. Rather, I have fallen back on the argument "people don't like cookies so they should be able to remove or block them."

Now that AOL has blundered and posted 20 million search queries of 650,000 AOL users this issue has come back to haunt us. After realizing just how stupid it was to reveal even "anonymized" data, AOL pulled the information off their server. But the cat is out of the bag. AOL demonstrates why cookies are evil | Threat Chaos |

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 10th August 2006 2:49AM