German Agency Calls Out Facebook's Cookie Rationale

Law360, New York (November 2, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT) -- A German data protection watchdog on Wednesday disputed much of the rationale offered by Facebook Inc. to justify storing cookies on users' browsers, continuing the steady torrent of criticism the company has faced from the country's government agencies.

Certain cookies planted by Facebook are not integral to preventing account break-ins through password-guessing, keeping children from signing up for the site, or resetting a password with an activation key, as the social network claims, according to an audit from the Hamburg Data Protection Authority.

Those few instances...
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