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In mythsmith's SpamCop Denouncer topic - http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=9184 there was discussion of weird behavior of attached cameras which appeared to be caused by the presence of a flash object on mythsmith's web page. For those who like to control such stuff - they can't. And there's more: Flash Cookies: The Silent Privacy Killer

What if there was a type of cookie that could:
  • Stay on your computer for an unlimited amount of time
  • Store 100 kb of data by default, with an unlimited max
  • Couldn’t be deleted by your browser
  • Send previous visit information and history, by default, without your permission

Which is why many vow never to let Flash Player near their systems, even if they didn't know all of the foregoing. The link goes on to point to the on-line tool, apparently the only way this stuff can be managed - http://www.macromedia.com/support/document..._manager07.html
Note: The Settings Manager that you see above is not an image; it is the actual Settings Manager. Click the tabs to see different panels, and click the options in the panels to change your Adobe Flash Player settings.
So yes, if that view of the above link (Website Storage Settings) lists "Visited Websites", you do have FP installed and it has accepted cookies. The full list of tabs is
  • Global Privacy Settings
  • Global Storage Settings
  • Global Security Settings
  • Global Notification Settings
  • Website Privacy Settings
  • Website Storage Settings

So, for those of us with FP installed we can re-exert control, stop our cameras doing the Borg thing and even delete any/all of the mysteriously stored Flash cookies.

Thank goodness for that. (mythsmith provided the general link in his topic, this simply brings the matter - and other privacy/security controls - into the "Software Issues" area for reference)

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