What are cookies, anyways?
In short: Cookies help websites remember information about you.
A cookie on the web is just a fancy name for a script, or code. It's a small piece of text that remembers certain pieces of information about you and your browser/computer.
There are first-party and third-party cookies.
First-party cookies do things like save your login, or remember your shopping cart.
When you're shopping online and you add something to the cart, but restart your browser and navigate back to the site, you'll see the item still in the cart (unless you cleared your cookies).
That shopping site, however, might have Google Analytics and the Facebook Pixel installed on their site. This means that when you visit the site, your browsing is also being sent to those companies (or others).
These are third-party cookies.
How do cookies track me around the web?
Watch this 7-minute clip, featuring the inventor of the cookie himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFyaW50GFOs
(And remember to clear your YouTube/Google cookies afterwards.)
Why does CookieSlayers exist?
Our goal is to amplify and support—by using, donating to, or sharing—products, services, and companies that aren't selling our our data to the highest bidder.
As advertising companies and data brokers have grown more powerful, we're now living in a state of surveillance capitalism, where our habits, behaviors, data, and literally every single piece of information possible is being harvested and sold—not just to show us harmless ads, but to alter our behaviors without our knowledge.
By using CookieSlayers, we can collectively slow (and ultimately stop) this growing trend.
Though there has been legislation like GDPR and CCPA that has brought attention to the necessity of a digital rights overhaul, using CookieSlayer products and companies is one of the most powerful actions you can take.
Is the CookieSlayers website using any cookies?
Absolutely not. That'd be ironic, wouldn't it?
We're also crowdsourced, so please contribute and share the site as much as you can.
So none of these products or companies are tracking me?
In an ideal world, yes. But that may not be necessarily true.
Although these companies have taken a first step at creating a better web for all, many have different products, websites, and web apps which may have different privacy policies and terms of services.
You can also get a summary of the ToS by using a free extension called ToS;DR from tosdr.org.
How can I contribute to CookieSlayers?
There are a few ways you can help:
1. Become a CookieSlayer yourself. If you have a product/service that uses third-party cookies, consider eliminating or at least reducing them as much as possible.
2. Add more CookieSlayers
We want to show the world that it's possible to build/run successful products and companies without the use of third-party cookies. Many already do it, it's just not something we particularly think about in general.
3. Share the site.
You'd be surprised how much sharing helps. Simply making people aware about third-party cookies and amplifying the knights of CookieSlayers is a zero-cost, high-return tactic.