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Chapter 19. The Savvy Surfer: More Inter... > Restricting Your Cookie Diet: Intern... - Pg. 231

The Savvy Surfer: More Internet Explorer Fun 231 · A site might store information about you in a persistent third-party cookie and then use that cookie to track your online movements and activities. They can do this because they might have (for example) an ad on dozens or hundreds of Web sites and that ad is the mechanism that enables the site to set and read their cookies. Such sites are supposed to come up with privacy policies stating that they won't engage in surreptitious monitoring of users, they won't sell user data, and so on. To help you handle these scenarios, the Windows XP version of Internet Explorer implements a new privacy feature that gives you extra control over whether sites can store cookies on your ma- chine. To check out this feature, select the Tool, Internet Options command, and then display the Privacy tab. You set your cookie privacy level by using the slider in the Settings group. There are two settings that fall into the all-or-nothing category: · Accept All Cookies--This setting (it's at the bottom of the slider) tells Internet Explorer to accept any and all cookie comers. · Block All Cookies--This setting (it's at the top of the slider) tells Internet Explorer to turn back all requests to set and read cookies. In between there are four settings that offer more detailed control. The following table shows you how each setting affects the three types of privacy issues: Third-Party Cookies Using Personally Identifiable In- formation Without the Type of Consent Restricted (implicit) First-Party Cookies Using Personally Identifiable In- formation Information Without Consent OK Third-Party Cookies with No Compact Privacy Policy Low Restricted