Joe Mullin reports:
The tracking uses of so-called “Flash cookies,” the data packets stored in the computers of users of Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash Player, started getting a lot more attention last year, when they were the focus of an article about online privacy in the Wall Street Journal, as well as severallawsuits. They were also mentioned as a privacy problem last month by the Federal Trade Commission.
The results from a new study suggest that “re-spawning,” one of the more troublesome practices around Flash cookies, is declining. But the same study showed that about 10 percent of the most-popular web sites may still be using Flash cookies to track users—and none of the companies that run those web sites would discuss what they’re using the cookies for.
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