Back in 1994 there was a problem with the internet, how could you track state from one page to the next. When the internet was invented privacy and network simplicity were such concerns that browsers were unable to track who you were from page to page, link to link. Everything was stateless and documents were provided for the free to everyone on the internet. It was a free anonymous society.
However, something changed in 1994, an engineer at Netscape needed a way to make e-commerce possible. The idea was to create a virtual shopping cart, but for the site to track one user from page to page, product to product, they had to create a unique token that would stay with you as you browsed the website.
When the cookie was first released on the web, it was done with great caution, and in many cases you need to approve each cookie, and the default was for the cookie to erase itself after you had left the site or closed your browser. People were afraid that they would loose to much of their privacy if sites could just track you anywhere on the web.
Having these remote login site was great when politics were to ignorant to use it, but recently the US government has become more sophisticated and has subpoenaed twitter for their access logs, which might carry with it every other site you have visited in the last year. The worst part is that this data, which once was private is now being subpoenaed without your permission or notification. Our government feels that average citizens do not have the right to know when they are being watched online.
If you don’t believe that governments should not be allowed to track every web search you do or every behavior you perform on the web, for this reason that I am asking you all to turn off cookies. This will be hard, but it’s an act of protest. Turning off cookies will effect the revenue of Google and Facebook as they seed to profit off this data to provide ever more targeted ads. And for the most part I really do prefer more targeted ads. I however do not agree with privacy being eroded by our government. Our government fundamentally should not be able to act on this data.
If you can’t bring yourself to completely disable cookies, you can set up your browser to dispose of them more often, however sites could still correlate this data over time; and our government can still subpoena this data without your permission or knowledge. I strongly feel like this is a gross challenge to the principles of the 4th amendment.
We need a free society so that everyone’s views are valued and discussed in the open. Support freedom, disable cookies.