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Title: "HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics"
Author: David M Kristol Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
Source: Internet
Publication Date: May 9 2001
Free/Fee: Free Access
Reads: 2352
Abstract: How did we get from a world where cookies were something you ate and where &quot;non-techies&quot; were unaware of &quot;Netscape cookies&quot; to a world where cookies are a hot-button privacy issue for many computer users? This paper will describe how HTTP &quot;cookies&quot; work, and how Netscape's original specification evolved into an IETF Proposed Standard. I will also offer a personal perspective on how what began as a straightforward technical specification turned into a political flashpoint when it tried to address non-technical issues such as privacy.
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