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.