Adobe Addressing Flash Cookie Issue

Ainsley Jones

Adobe Systems is in the process of improving the privacy controls for Flash video player. Flash cookies have brought about privacy questions because they are more difficult to detect and delete than other cookies associated with Web browsers, says The Wall Street Journal.


On the company's blog, Emmy Huang, group product manager, Flash Player, said:

Most recently, we've been collaborating with browser vendors to integrate LSO management with the browser UI. The first capability, one that we believe will have the greatest immediate impact, is to allow users to clear LSOs (and any local storage, such as that of HTML5 and other plugin technologies) from the browser settings interface-similar to how users can clear their browser cookies today. Representatives from several key companies, including Adobe, Mozilla and Google have been working together to define a new browser API (NPAPI ClearSiteData) for clearing local data, which was approved for implementation on January 5, 2011. Any browser that implements the API will be able to clear local storage for any plugin that also implements the API.

Although Huang didn't say whether Apple or Microsoft planned to add the feature to Safari or Internet Explorer, it is expected to soon appear at the Google dev channel, says TG Daily.

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