Microsoft says no to cookies and yes to stalking

Web cookies are nuggets of data that a site stores in your browser and then nibbles on whenever it needs to eat a chunk of your soul. They are not like real cookies with chocolate chips and incur the wrath of privacy advocates and regulators. They are a leftover from the old desktop only Internet and kind of irrelevant to our Internet of things. Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook are among those that want to replace them.

Google faces UK action over Safari tracking

Google is facing legal action in the UK, over the Safari privacy breach  that saw the company slapped with a record fine from the Federal Trade Commission last year.

Record fine for Google over Safari tracking cookies

Google's been hit with a whacking $22.5 million fine for violating a privacy settlement with the FTC and tracking the activity of Safari users.

Twitter signs up for Do Not Track

In fewer than 140 characters, Twitter has ended months of pressure by announcing that it's to join the 'Do not Track' initiative.

Google tricks IE privacy settings too, says Microsoft

Following last week's revelation that Google was bypassing privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser, Microsoft's accused it of doing the same thing with Internet Explorer.

FTC urged to investigate Google over Safari cookies

Three US lawmakers have written to the Federal Trade Commission querying whether Google's been violating a consent agreement that it reached with the FTC last year.

Google accused of illicit iPhone tracking

Google's been accused of 'tricking' Safari to bypass security settings and track iPhone and iPad users' locations through cookies.

How to make graphene out of Girl Scout Cookies

You can make graphene out of almost anything. Well, theoretically, anyways. And if you make it out of a box of Girl Scout Cookies, they could be worth $15 billion.

Adobe gives users more control over Flash cookies

Adobe's moved to improve the privacy settings for Flash cookies - or local shared objects (LSOs), as it prefers to call them.

Browsers leave fingerprints that identify users

Even without cookies, the vast majority of browsers leave unique signatures that can be used to track a user's online activity, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Google adds real-time translation capabilities to Chrome browser

Google has introduced a new beta feature that allows Chrome users to navigate the multilingual web in real-time without installing browser extensions or plug-ins.