If there was a cookie that was considered anything short of being delicious, it would definitely be the kind that Spotify has been using to track its users.
Other than being the chewy delights that make us sniff the air with joyful expressions, a computer cookie, defined by HowStuffWorks.com is: “a piece of text that a Web server can store on a user’s hard disk. Cookies allow a Web site to store information on a user’s machine and later retrieve it.”
Normally, cookies wouldn’t be dangerous because computer users and owners have the option of blocking and/or deleting their cookies to prevent information from being leaked to website owners. However, as discovered by Digital Music News, Spotify’s cookies are powered by Kissmetrics and have the power to regenerate after being deleted and cannot be blocked.
Put best by an IT professional, “The potential for invasion of privacy is huge.”
After being found, Spotify is said to be managing the crisis but I guess, as of now, USERS- BE AWARE of this super cookie!
It has been revealed that beloved streaming site Hulu has also been using the super cookie! BUT, both have claimed to have stopped Kissmetrics services.
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