If you’ve heard of Internet “cookies”, you’re probably a little concerned (and disappointed that they have nothing to do with the chocolate chip ones you might be enjoying as you read this).
Is someone spying on you?
Not quite. Cookies are small text files that web browsers save; they contain data (such as a user ID) to give sites information about your browsing activity. Here is the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s definition:
“Cookies are non executable computer programs that cannot carry viruses and install malware. …Under CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation), a person is considered to consent to the installation of a cookie if the person’s conduct is such that it is reasonable to believe that they consent.”