Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cookies limit their indiscretion, it is possible - ZDNet

Networks: The CNIL expected sites and services online to be more transparent with regard to the exploitation they make cookies. In the meantime, she also focuses on educating users, and provides 6 tips to limit the tracking of which they are the target.


Cookieviz, developed in Open Source by the CNIL, and close enough in its mode of Collusion software is a visualization tool. Its function: to allow the user to explore the “back shop web and visualize in real time the extent of the tracking. “

this “phenomenon”, so it’s a multitude of cookies and methods of data collection, which the user is always aware, even if the sites are in principle obliged to obtain consent in With respect to cookies.

An arsenal of tools to limit its exposure

Customers however are not condemned to resign. On the occasion of the publication of his recommendation for professionals, the CNIL has also launched a practical guide it to users.

expertise service of authority has compiled six councils to “limit the traceability of its web browsing”. The first of them, elementary or implemented by default in some browsers: blocking third-party cookies


“tracking” does not confine itself to the use of cookies, the CNIL provides users with several Firefox extensions preventing “the installation of the most widely used tracers” which DoNotTrackMe, Disconnect and Ghostery, or ” last resort “, the popular AdBlockPlus.

Intrusive social buttons

No need to leave Facebook for social network constantly about your actions. Social buttons, like the famous “Like”, now present in almost all sites, allow online services to continue to collect data – even elsewhere if you do not have accounts on these platforms -forms. To oppose, the CNIL suggests that users adopt the extension “Share me not”.

users do not necessarily know, but also collects Adobe Flash, by default the data. To limit this monitoring, it is advice number 4, recommended changing the settings of the application.

Finally, the last two tips CNIL use the extension “RequestPolicy” to block the loading of third party sites and resources to AdBlockPlus to filter advertising in their browser.

The latter is, however, not a panacea. “Some advertising agencies are not filtered by AdBlock and can you draw after you install this extension,” warns authority.

[Cookieviz] A software to visualize … cnil

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