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Stanford Researcher Exposes MSN.com Super Cookie, Microsoft Shuts it Down

Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer discovered a super cookie in the employ of Microsoft on MSN.com. A cookie, as a moderately savvy Internet user would know, is a kind of tracking and logging tool -- sometimes useful in storing data a user may not want to enter into forms for the rest of the portion of their lives involving forms, sometimes obnoxious in storing data that a user may not wanted stored -- used primarily in web browsing. Dissimilar from the extremely super cookie pictured above, the super cookie in Microsoft's employ is essentially a cookie that can ignore a web browser's cookie management, thus avoiding extermination.

After Mayer exposed the super cookie, Microsoft associate general counsel Mike Hintze provided a less shady explanation as to why the tech giant might've been employing a fairly shady tracking device.

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