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Soltani, Ashkan (University of California, Berkeley) | Canty, Shannon (Clemson University) | Mayo, Quentin (Jacksonville State University) | Thomas, Lauren (Louisiana State University) | Hoofnagle, Chris Jay (University of California, Berkeley)
This is a pilot study of the use of “Flash cookies” by popular websites. We find that more than 50% of the sites in our sample are using Flash cookies to store information about the user. Some are using it to “respawn” or re-instantiate HTTP cookies deleted by the user. Flash cookies often share the same values as HTTP cookies, and are even used on government websites to assign unique values to users. Privacy policies rarely disclose the presence of Flash cookies, and user controls for effectuating privacy preferences are lacking.
This privacy statement applies to your personal information collected or processed through the websites, mobile applications and other services and products that collect or process data and display this statement belonging to Mars, Incorporated and its family of companies. This statement does not apply to such entities' websites, mobile applications and other services and products that do not display or include a link to this privacy statement or that have their own privacy statement. This privacy statement applies to your personal information, which is any information or combination of information that could reasonably be used to identify you. We adapt our privacy practices to country data protection laws and cooperate with country data protection authorities if they believe a privacy problem has occurred. If you are in the European Union the Mars subsidiary or affiliate who owns and operates the website that you are visiting will be the data controller responsible for the collection and use of your personal information. If you have a query about how your personal information is being used, you can contact the data controller through the Global Privacy Officer whose contact details appear below. What information do we collect and process? We may collect or process various information that you provide to us, including personal contact details, and information related to your purchases, employment or demographic.