osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Verizon Wireless and the unkillable "Zombie Cookie."

Remember the Verizon Wireless Super Cookie I ranted about last fall? Turns out third parties are using it to create "zombie cookies" that can't be purged. Anyone who actually cares about their online privacy might want to freak out now.

And yes, this is much worse than what Facebook or Google does, because it breaks the rules for how tracking software is supposed to behave and breaks encryption. You can be the biggest privacy person in the world, but it doesn't matter, because the company that provides you with your Internet access is messing with your bitstream.

Happily for you, the Republicans in Congress are going to take away the jurisdiction of the FCC to do anything about this. But that is a story for another time.

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