• Subject: Cookies/privacy was:(CGI Fact Finding Mission)
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:20:51 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.

Hans,

You've opened a "Pandora's box" by blanket accepting the "security" of
cookies.

As a European born and raised immigrant, IMO, Americans are paranoid by
nature.

Now, I know that the topic is cookies, but the reference is cultural /
philosophical/ theological.

I was (European) taught that those that do no wrong have no fear.
(Now that was before I met (American) lawyers <g> or my grandparents
told me about facing Communists.)

America is a nation of immigrants.  Some came out of fear, some came for
opportunity. The early ones were sent to a place on the map that
declared "Beyond here are dragons." Make the voyage or die. Who cared?

IMHO, the most paranoid are those that fled, or are within 3 generations
of, a monitoring state.

Back on track, I have mixed feelings about cookies.  Good things can be
used badly.

Like electricity, to create light to read by after sunset and/or the
electric chair.
I guess it all depends about how one feels about the "dark side" of a
particular technology.

Maybe we should take cookie (or the dark side of technology) discussions
to some other forum?

Although it does impact midrange systems, and the technology is
appropriate to the list, the psychological and/or theology implications
are not necessary appropriate to "computer science" advancement of the
AS/400.

P.S. After spending 30 years in America, although Americans do not
"seem" to care, when pushed up against a wall, every farmer will grab
their pitch fork and kick butt to an oppressive force, but intrusive? I
don't know.  Maybe they are a bit exhibitionist and like some one to
watch. =;-o

boldt@ca.ibm.com wrote:
> 
> I agree that they can be great tools if used properly.
> Who cares if they track your movements through the web?
> I for one.  I realize that North Americans are much less
> concerned about privacy than, say, Europeans.  Privacy
> laws are much more strict in Europe, and personally, I'd
> like to see the same here.
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