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So what's the big deal? After all, a client-side cookie is just a calling card, like a "made especially for John Jacob Hammerschmidt" label sewn into the lining of a customer's jacket. A cookie is no more threatening than a bartender who calls out a customer's name as they walk through the door. ....

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