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Cookies: Privacy on the Internet?
Today, many web sites on the internet can use “cookies” to keep track of passwords and usernames and track the sites a particular user visits (Cookiecentral.com). But, the use of cookies to track user’s browsing habits is becoming a concern of many internet users. These concerned people are beginning to think of cookies as an invasion of privacy. Companies with web sites can use cookies to track what sites you visit frequently and then select specific ad banners to send to you on the web while surfing (Cookiecentral.com). Electronic Frontier Foundation’s program director, Stanton McCandlish points out, “The potential problem is that companies without a sense of ethics could be doing [the] same thing and selling addresses to offline marketers” (news.cnet.com). The government should realize the hazards of internet cookies and enforce a ban on their use.