Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)

“Last week I was talking to Alexander Dutton about an idea that we had to implement cookie-like behaviour using browser caching. As I first mentioned last year, new laws are coming into force across Europe that will require websites to ask for your consent before they store cookies on your computer. Regardless of their necessity, these laws are badly-defined and ill thought-out, and there’s been a significant lack of information to support web managers in understanding and implementing the required changes.

To illustrate one of the ambiguities in the law, I’ve implemented a tool which tracks site visitors almost as effectively as cookies (or similar technologies such as Flash Objects or Local Storage), but which must necessarily fall into one of the larger grey areas. My tool abuses the way that “permanent” (301) HTTP redirects are cached by web browsers…”

http://www.scatmania.org/2012/04/24/visitor-tracking-without-cookies/

About these ads

About irrlab

Software engineer. Functional programming addicted.
This entry was posted in programming and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.