Do you want a cookie?

This week explored the idea that the data and content on the internet just wants to be free.  The problem with data on the internet wanting to be free is that it is continuously copying and replicating data put online daily. Simply, the selfies you post are no longer yours.

This week I focused on internet cookies as a way of identifying how the internet can track its users and even grab data from search histories and collect any data you put on the internet. Most definitions found on the media, look something a little like this:

‘Cookies are programs that Web sites put on your hard disk. They sit on your computer gathering information about you and everything you do on the Internet, and whenever the Web site wants to it can download all of the information the cookie has collected,’ states howstuffworks.

However that isn’t entirely true. Cookies cant grab information from users devices by themselves nor do they run like a program. Instead cookies are a piece of text created by a web server that can be stored on a users hard-disk.These store particular information from web sites and later retrieve that data. A web site can only take information from its unique user code that it has dropped onto you hard disk. It cant take information from the other codes of different websites.

This proves that the media often generates and is scared of technology circulating data and stealing personal identities/data. Although the internet can do all those things in different ways its clear that most cookies are generated from individual web browsers.

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12 thoughts on “Do you want a cookie?

  1. Interesting perspective you have taken on this topic. I like how you explained about web cookies and how you kind of break what people think it is and what it really is. I would like to point out that some websites won’t even let you through unless you accept the cookies which they are about to put into your system. I also like the point about how one post that hits the internet can be copied and passed all around the web. Just like how tumblr works. Once someone reblogs it, it can go anywhere. Good job on this post!

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  2. Cookies have often be used to move around legal loopholes in privacy policy. One particular issue is informed consent, and whether users were adequately issued appropriate information of it, it’s noted here in this journal: http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/370000/365034/p46-millett.pdf?ip=203.10.91.80&id=365034&acc=ACTIVE%20SERVICE&key=65D80644F295BC0D%2ECA3A6FFE840CC1FE%2E4D4702B0C3E38B35%2E4D4702B0C3E38B35&CFID=854138292&CFTOKEN=47586416&__acm__=1476867755_ef0b242a7b276ad288416aae8972bf08

    I would love a cookie – cookies and retrieval of data makes experience on the Internet significantly smoother and entertaining.

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  3. I enjoyed your post being centred around the notion of cookies in tracking our activities on the web. Sites like Facebook implement cookies very thoroughly when deciding which advertisements would be most effective to show us while on the site. Without us really knowing (as we probably didn’t read the terms and conditions), Facebook monitors our activity on their site as well as other sites to create the most effective advertisements for us as users. This article describes how Facebooks advertisement techniques will even begin to target non-users of the site; thus increasing who they are watching, and our privacy as internet users in general is at question. http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/27/11795248/facebook-ad-network-non-users-cookies-plug-ins

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  4. I really enjoyed this post and your perspective for this weeks topic. It’s interesting what people think cookies are and what they actually are and you’ve explained it perfectly. As a previous commenter mentioned, some websites wouldn’t even allow access without enabling cookies. Its interesting in the way media perpetuates ‘fear’ of internet things without really understanding what they are.

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  5. Really liked this post! As someone who literally has no clue how to internet, I really liked your explanation of cookies. Iv’e never actually put much thought into what it means when I click allowing cookies etc. Do you think then, we should be more careful?
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  6. This was a great remediation of this weeks topic, I enjoyed how your explored Internet Cookies as most us interact with these on a daily basis but have little knowledge of what they are. You were able to explain and remove the negative connotations surrounded by Internet Cookies. This is also a great article that could further your research, it delves into the ugly side of Internet Cookies: http://blog.vuze.com/2014/07/01/web-cookies-privacy-good-bad-ugly/

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  7. Your perspective taken on this week’s blog was a really good one, definitely, something very interesting which engages well with the audience. Your information on cookies and what they are exactly was a great way to start the post, especially for some of us out there who don’t quite know what they are. It was interesting to read that the cookies are scared of technology circulating data and stealing personal identity as this is something that we don’t usually hear.

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  8. Really good explanation of cookies! While I was kind of aware, I never really knew the full function. While I don’t think they’re really an issue for peoples privacy, I have cases where some malicious websites utilise peoples lack of knowledge on cookies to their advantage. Great post.

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  9. Thank you for explaining what is online cookies and what people concern about. I like your post and memes, that’s cute. Social media platform like Facebook control which advertisement would be most effective to show to audience. The more data they collect from us, the more privacy we lost, maybe.

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  10. interesting point of view that you have. It is truly that about the cookies is easy to mislead to the idea of people’s privacy, though it is true we should protect ourselves from leaking our personal information while we using the media.

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