Blog post 2: 04 December 2020
Following the cookie crumbs: discrimination as a result of online tracking
Every day, people use a multitude of websites for shopping their favorite brands, online banking, and accessing other services. When online browsing, we leave behind traces of information that are stored by cookies. A cookie is essentially a randomly generated identification number assigned to your device by a website, and it records activity and preferences. Cookies can make online browsing more convenient for us, for instance, by remembering our language and currency preferences. There is, however, a price for such convenience, as the ‘crumbs’ we leave behind could lead to our exclusion as a result of discrimination.
Ana and Mariana are both finishing their Masters degrees in Law and Technology at Tilburg University, specialising in privacy and data protection.