SevenCubed - 12:03 am on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
As a strong advocate of online privacy even I know cookies are very often a necessity for interactive functionality. I don't have any problem allowing sites to feed me cookies as long as it's for their own productivity because my browser eats them anyway when I close it. I don't even care if they notify me or not because I know that it is a widespread basic functionality. But things really start getting out of hand when they get abused such as with 3rd party cookies (I block them) and flash super cookies (I shred them even before closing my browser).
As is often the case in many situations a few bad apples will spoil an otherwise useful technology. Unfortunately it sometimes becomes necessary for legislators to implement controls to protect people from those who are not able to control their own excessive tracking habits. And as is typically the case, such as the recent flack that MSFT has taken for enabling "do not track" by default in IE (10?), it's the marketers that are screaming the loudest.
Heck even Gary Kovacs the CEO of the Mozilla Corporation (the Firefox people) has fired a shot across the bow of the trackers. Once again I need to refer to TED.com to hopefully bring awareness to how serious an issue this has become. The video presentation is 6:40 long [ted.com...] He gives a very calm and sensible presentation about it to bring more awareness to the general public about what is happening without their consent.