The Anonymous Google Cookie

After the AOL incident, people are concerned again about their online privacy. While Google wasn't involved in the incident, one can't stop wondering what if Google leaked precious records from their database.

Until creating the Google Accounts, the search engine used to rely on an infamous cookie that expires in 2038. The cookie contains an unique ID useful to identify users between sessions and to save user's preferences. If you delete the cookie, Google recreates it and assigns you a new ID. Despite that, the cookie connected with the (static) IP and other information from Google Toolbar or Google Desktop are a good way to uniquely identify users. Google Operating System: The Anonymous Google Cookie

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 16th August 2006 11:57PM