What Are 'Zombie' Cookies, And Why Did They Cost Verizon $1.35M?
Verizon has agreed to a settlement fee with the FCC over charges the company violated subscribers' privacy.By Leah Becerra | March 8, 2016
Verizon has agreed to cough up a small fortune to settle with the Federal Communications Commission over charges the company violated subscribers' privacy using "zombie" cookies. We'll explain in a sec.
The $1.35 million slap-on-the-wrist isn't much for a company that made more than $34 billion in revenue last quarter. What probably hurt the company more was cutting back on using those unkillable cookies, also called "supercookies."
They're much like normal Internet cookies: small text strings stored on whatever device is doing the Web browsing. When a server sends a cookie to a phone or computer, the device's Web browser stores that cookie. If the same device visits the site again, the browser returns the cookie to the server.