Cookie Types and Ethics of Their Use Essay

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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
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Websites typically use session cookies to ensure that you are recognized when you move from page to page within one site and that any information you have entered is remembered. For example, if an e-commerce site did not use session cookies then items placed in a shopping basket would disappear by the time you reach the checkout. (All About Cookies) A few examples of when session cookies expire are; the user logs out of a site or a portion of a site, the user shuts down the browser, the session is inactive for a specified length of time, often 20 minutes, the user starts a new Internet session on the same computer. Session cookies seem to be more focused on the user’s ease of use of a website, in comparison of being overly invading or intrusive. Persistent cookies are files that stay in one of your browser's subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file. These cookies enable a website to remember you on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing the experience of your services or functions offered. For example, a website may offer its contents in different languages. On your first visit, you may choose to have the content delivered in French and the site may record that preference in a persistent cookie set on your browser. When

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