updated 12:25 am EST, Sat December 4, 2010
Adobe cookies unaffected by standard controls
The FTC is taking an active interest in the way Adobe's Flash installs its tracking cookies, according to a report. Privacy advocates have been arguing that the Adobe Flash Player, installed in up to 98 percent of PCs around the world, does not allow standard privacy controls to delete its Flash cookies. Critics argue that when users use privacy controls to stop cookies being set, or delete existing cookies, that this function works for all other apps and plug-ins except for Flash.
The FTC has opened the matter to public comment over the next two months. In response Adobe has said that its cookies, or what Adobe refers to as its local shared objects, were not designed for tracking purposes. An Adobe spokesperson also said that Adobe does not stand for any tracking that takes place against a user's wishes.
Adobe also stated that the latest version of Google Chrome allows users to control Flash cookies from within the browser's privacy controls. However, Mozilla's Firefox or Microsoft's Internet Explorer do not currently support the removal of Flash cookies.