Cookies and web browser design: Toward realizing informed consent online

Lynette I. Millett, Batya Friedman, Edward Felten

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Abstract

We first provide criteria for assessing informed consent online. Then we examine how cookie technology and Web browser designs have responded to concerns about informed consent. Specifically, we document relevant design changes in Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer over a 5-year period, starting in 1995. Our retrospective analyses leads us to conclude that while cookie technology has improved over time regarding informed consent, some startling problems remain. We specify six of these problems and offer design remedies. This work fits within the emerging field of Value- Sensitive Design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'01
Pages46-52
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
EventSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2001 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2001Apr 5 2001

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period3/31/014/5/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Keywords

  • Computer ethics
  • Cookies
  • E-business
  • E-commerce
  • Ethics
  • Human values
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Informed consent
  • Interface design
  • Internet explorer
  • Locus of control
  • Netscape navigator
  • Online interactions
  • Personalization
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Social computing
  • Social impact
  • Tracking
  • Value-sensitive design
  • Web browsers
  • World wide web

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