Cookies on your Computer
For the people frequenting this little outpost on the Internet that saw something weird going on on my site, here is the story. Cookies on your Computer. What does that have to do with a blog and why am I mentioning it here. Well, here is the why part.
As from May 26 2012 all websites operating from the European Union have to comply with certain rules. Those rules are explained on the EU Cookie Law website.
According to this website:
That’s why you see the notification that my site places cookies on your Computer. Why do I want to put cookies on your computer in the first place? Here is what Wikipedia has to say about cookies and the use of them.
My website’s host is located in The Netherlands. Why? Because that’s where I live. Because The Netherlands is a member of the European Union I have to comply to the rules governed in the EU.
Why do websites place cookies on their visitors computers in the first place? Cookies were primarily designed to be used as a snapshot of the visitors settings for a certain site. A color scheme they choose for the site, the state the site was in just before the visitor left the site.
When the use of the Internet began to spread more, cookies took on different ‘roles’ i.e. the contents of a virtual shopping cart.
Let’s say you went on-line shopping for some clothes. You filled your virtual shopping cart with tons of goodies. Nothings special. You didn’t go to check – out the purchased goodies and you ended the browser session.
The following day you went back to the same site to complete the purchase. Your shopping cart still full with things you purchased the other day. The site remembered what you had ordered. How convenient.
The site you are re-visiting still remembered everything you ordered, because it left a cookie on your computer. The cookie holds the URL from where it was sent to your computer and the information it needed to remember what you ordered. A file – in a simplified form could look like this:
WhereBought=http://awesomeclothingstuffandgoodies.com CartContents= Levi;F;9;black;NumberPurchased=1 Socks;M;10;black;NumberPurchased=6pair GString;F;9;black;NumberPurchased=6 TotalAmount=$95.50
I think you get an idea what I mean. [The URL mentioned in this example does not exist, I checked.]
That depends on what kind of information is stored in the cookie that has been placed on your computer AND who is accessing that information. A hacker could read that information (if they were interested). Now what if the URL pointed to , or (Don’t try these, I checked them too, you pervs!).
Anyways, Please, can I place a cookie? That’s what the bar / popup is on my site or the little ‘Settings’ icon on the top right hand side of all the pages.. Now you know. It’s still EU Law only, but you never know if it might spread to other parts of this world. In the meantime, enjoy your stay here. Nothing has really changed.
How would you feel about being forced to do this to your precious blog? Be sure to watch the video posted below. I think it’s time for one hell of a reality check!