HTTP Cookies: Standards, privacy, and politics

@article{Kristol2001HTTPCS,
  title={HTTP Cookies: Standards, privacy, and politics},
  author={D. Kristol},
  journal={ACM Trans. Internet Techn.},
  year={2001},
  volume={1},
  pages={151-198}
}
  • D. Kristol
  • Published 2001
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Trans. Internet Techn.
  • How did we get from a world where cookies were something you ate and where "nontechies" were unaware of "Netscape cookies" to a world where cookies are a hot-button privacy issue for many computer users? This article describes how HTTP "cookies" work and how Netscape's original specification evolved into an IETF Proposed Standard. I also offer a personal perspective on how what began as a straightforward technical specification turned into a political flashpoint when it tried to address… CONTINUE READING
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