Frankly, we lack the interests and time to track users. There are many more interesting and important things in life.
Cookies are intended to track people's web browsing
Most web sites do NOT need to track the browsing habits of the public reading their web pages.
- Private web sites protected by passwords.
How cookies work
The web site being browsed puts on your hard disk drive (HDD) text information which may identify:-
- you personally
- the language version of your browser (examples: Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Russian, American English etc.)
- the type and version number of your web browser
- the details of web sites you have browsed
As soon as the cookie information about you is stored on your computer, web sites can secretly access that information without your consent and without your knowledge. Web sites can access that information multiple times and then share the information with any organisation anywhere in the world.
Usually the cookies are encrypted to prevent you, the user, reading what is being collected about you and stored in secret on your computer.
Cookies information remains on your hard disk until you delete it. Until the cookies are deleted web sites can read the cookies days, weeks and even years later. Some cookies can automatically expire in days, weeks or many years. Some cookies never expire.
Cookies are created on your computer by web sites you visit and by web sites you never visited. Web sites you visit can secretly assist unvisited web sites to store cookies, in secret, on your computer.
Some web browsers can secretly send to web sites, without your permission and knowledge, the serial numbers of your hard disk drives (HDD), computer motherboard and computer processor (CPU).
The United Kingdom's government's implementation of the European Union's privacy directive, which demands that you must consent to cookies being placed on to your computer, does not appear to protect users from secretly getting third-party cookies.
Thames Valley Police's web site puts 5 unreadable cookies on your computer and does not ask your permission. There is no mention of the wordcookie,cookiesor evencookon the main web page. Obviously European Union's privacy and data protection laws do not apply to Thames Valley Police. There is no technical requirement for the police to secretly put 5 cookies on the public's personal computers.
Slough Borough Council's web site puts 1 cookie on your computer and does not ask your permission.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead including Ascot puts 8 cookies on to your computer and then states:-
Comprehensive testing shows the vast majority of web pages at Thames Valley Police, Slough Council and Windsor & Maidenhead Council do not require cookies. Amazingly the web pages display properly and without delay without cookies. The web sites function properly without cookies, so why are these organisations so anxious to track visitors' every move?
How does the secret tracking of visitors' browsing actually help those visitors?
The public should have the right to browse freely and privately without having all their movements tracked for the amusement of these organisations.
The police and councils are supposed to deliver services to the public. Secretly monitoring the public's lawful Internet use, is not - and has never ever been - a legitimatepublic service.
Created 25 November 2005, revised 8 August 2007, 12 January 2014. • Contact