HTML 5 Has Hideous Means to Store Massive Amount of Data on YOUR Computer

Posted on October 11, 2010


No wonder Facebook kicked in and granted users some leeway in privacy and  opt outs.  Developers of web pages for the internet will soon have tools within their new programming language, HTML 5 that will allow web page authors to create cookies to track and store massive amounts of data about your internet usage on your computer.  The new capabilities of the web language have fostered the following:

The additional capabilities provided by the new Web language are already being put to use by a California programmer who has created what, at first glance, could be a major new threat to online privacy.

Samy Kamkar, a California programmer best known in some circles for creating a virus called the “Samy Worm,” which took down MySpace.com in 2005, has created a cookie that is not easily deleted, even by experts — something he calls an Evercookie.

Some observers call it a “supercookie” because it stores information in at least 10 places on a computer, far more than usually found. It combines traditional tracking tools with new features that come with the new Web language. [NY Times]

The enhanced tracking capabilities of HTML 5 will allow advertisers more opportunities to gather information about you. With advertising budgets tight, getting more for your money will be key. Advertisers will want to go with web pages that can offer not only maximum traffic but a means to track and store information about people who visit the site where they have advertised.

If John Q. Public objects, does it then follow that this code will be altered but John will need to pay a fee to access the web, something that many have proposed for years now.  The fee will go a long way to finance the web without resorting to so much advertising.

It remains to be seen what the full capabilities of HTML5 will be. Most important, it will be interesting to see how governments will manipulate the code.

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