From your normal users to your power users, just about everyone knows what a cookie is. These days web surfers have become more aware about how sites use and store these small files within your web browser and especially with the amount of privacy talks you read about over the web one ought to understand their rights as a web surfer. We have all types of cookies, session cookies, performance cookies, tracking cookies and so on and so forth.
Some site use third party applications which set cookies that will be out of there control, however the universal rule should be giving the user (web surfer) all the control he / she can get during a session on their site. I’ve noticed this feature trending on major British News sites such as The Guardian and the BBC. The Guardian has a fantastic approach whereby they visually show you the areas on their site and which cookies it uses. The London Olypmics 2012 had a cookies policy as well. British Telcom even gives users a chance to switch their settings via their cookies page, without having to go into your browser of choice—quite nifty indeed.
It’s about educating your users and having them feel comfortable about their privacy whilst surfing your site—with the users consent. I didn’t this policy or feature on CNN or Yahoo and other U.S. sites.
I can only wonder why they haven’t…