Nice tip from Seth Godin.

As discussed before, there are networks of companies planting cookies on your machine and tracking behavior across websites. That means you’ll see an ad on one site based on what you did on another.

You can opt out for free. Here’s theĀ not very well promoted link.

You’ll see a list of which members of the NAI are already placing a cookie on your machine and you can get rid or some or all of them.

To be really clear: I don’t mind the cookie sniffing. I don’t mind getting better ads. I don’t mind the sites making money.

I mind the sneaking around part.

Seth’s Blog: How to opt out of cookie sniffing and trading.

2 Responses to “How to opt out of cookie sniffing and trading”

eyeman wrote a comment on May 5, 2009

Wow, that’s great! Thanks.

TC wrote a comment on May 12, 2009

[begin rant alert]

Man, I can’t tell you how much I loath cookie trackers.

I don’t allow cookies or javascript. All of the information they gather goes in to a mind bogglingly large database which they resell. I have a problem with that. They gather information about you without asking, then they resell it without asking enabling unwanted contact.

The privacy laws are backwards. Why should I have to opt into my privacy rights? It should be the other way around, they should ask for permission first.

If everyone widely knew what is going on, these people would be out of business due to user backlash. The moral implications of sneaking around say’s loads about the nature of this business model. Making money on something they don’t own, nor have the right to exploit is wrong.

I would love to come up with a method exploit this technology against itself. “Poisoning the Well” is the right approach. Feeding bad data into the marketing database renders it useless, and thus unsellable. However, there is one very large hitch, to do this would be considered “hacking” which is illegal, and punishable by the DMCA act of 2000.

http://www.eff.org/issues/coders

Although, is it illegal to manage my own interaction with their servers? If I want to poison MY marketing profile, why shouldn’t I be able to do that? It is after all data about me. Shouldn’t I have a say in what’s collected?

[end rant]

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