Google's Cookies to Expire in 2 Years Rather than in 31 Years

Jul 17, 2007 • 8:59 am | comments (1) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

After the urging of many Google users and privacy advocates, Peter Fleischer of Google's Global Privacy Counsel wrote in the Official Google Blog that cookies will auto-expire after 2 years, rather than in the year 2038 as was initially intended.

In the coming months, Google will start issuing our users cookies that will be set to auto-expire after 2 years, while auto-renewing the cookies of active users during this time period. In other words, users who do not return to Google will have their cookies auto-expire after 2 years. Regular Google users will have their cookies auto-renew, so that their preferences are not lost. And, as always, all users will still be able to control their cookies at any time via their browsers.

A WebmasterWorld user thinks that this is related to pending lawsuits:

Funny how lawsuits makes Goog more "user-feedback" oriented

I don't really know if I agree with that. They are the most user-feedback oriented of the big search engines from my experience.

In any event, for most people, two years is the life span of a computer, so if you think about it, unless you're using the same computer until 2038, your cookies would have no longer been in use. :)

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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Comments:

Greg

07/18/2007 12:57 pm

I am having problem understanding how this is going to keep the Privacy Police happy. The cookie will be stored for 2 years as long as you never return to a Google site, if you do a new one is added which will expire in 2 years. So really nothing has changed if you want to keep using Google.

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