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Cookies, T&C, Privacy Policies etc.

Cookies, T&C, Privacy Policies etc.

However, as we’re talking about web speak, a cookie is little bit of text stored on your computer by a website that records what pages you’ve visited etc. so that when you come back again it knows what you’ve already looked at.

So, what’s wrong with that, and what’s all the fuss about? Years ago, before we got bothered with security, cookies used to store all sorts of stuff like usernames, passwords and credit card details as well, so that if your computer became infected with a virus that information could be gathered and sent to the bad guys! Happily, this doesn’t happen any more, but the cookie information does get used by web advertisers to bring up ads that are relevant to pages you have recently visited. Just try searching for a stairlift and see how you get bombarded by adverts for stairlifts for a few days afterwards.

You can turn cookies off in your browser, but many websites require them or they may not work as expected; secondly you can use software to clean up cookies from your computer but this is a double-edged sword as you will see from what follows about T&C and Privacy Policies.

The advent of “we must protect the poor unsuspecting public at all costs” brigade, started a few years ago and, if your website uses cookies, you are required to have a stupid little disclaimer that pops up that you must agree to. Now, here’s the catch, when you click the agree button, it saves a cookie on your computer so that it will know for next time. If you clear all your cookies, the next time you go to that website it will ask you to agree again! The same is true for the pointless Terms & Conditions that simply tell you what you’ve let yourself in for if you visit their website (in 10,000 closely typed words). And the same is true for the ubiquitous Privacy Policy, that simply tells you that they promise not to share your details elsewhere and that they will use your browsing history to bombard you with advertising!

So that’s it … Hobson’s Choice … you either agree to all the cookies etc. or go and live in a cave, and with Christmas coming up soon, I may just go and do that J. Whatever your standpoint, there is nothing sinister about all this stuff, nobody is remotely interested in your personal habits or browsing, they just have to tick some boxes and harvest some marketing data.

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Added: 5th December 2018

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