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HTTP cookies – a promising technology

Weihong Peng (Weihong Peng is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, Illinois, USA.)
Jennifer Cisna (Jennifer Cisna is the Community Services Librarian for the Bensenville Community Public Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA.)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 1 April 2000


This paper discusses the introduction of cookies into Web technology and their role as a user‐tracking device. While cookies contribute to the user‐friendliness of Web sites, their placement on client‐side computers is a cause for concern. The authors look at both sides of the technology, pointing out benefits and drawbacks.



Peng, W. and Cisna, J. (2000), "HTTP cookies – a promising technology", Online Information Review, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 150-153.




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