Learn more about privacy controls
Flash Player local storage
Player local storage refers to files that can be created that store
information on your computer when you visit certain websites. They
are sometimes incorrectly referred to as “Flash cookies” because,
like browser cookies, they can be used to store information such
as login data or pages that you’ve visited. Many websites use this
feature to remember information such as form information entered
in content using Flash Player, your online game progress or high
scores, settings such as your preferred playback volume, or where
you last left off when watching a video. The information stored
in local storage remains on your computer after you close Flash
Player (even if you clear your browser cache) and is available only
to the website that stored it. That website may retrieve the information
in the local storage the next time you visit that site. You can
clear this information at any time using Flash Player Settings Manager.
For more information on local storage see www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/articles/lso.
What are the potential privacy issues?
has been reported that some companies may be using Flash Player
local storage to track users online in place of using HTTP cookies
for that purpose. Some companies may also place a backup copy of
HTTP cookies in local storage for use in the event the user deletes
their cookies (this has sometimes been referred to as “respawning”).
Adobe has publicly condemned the use of local storage in ways that
are contrary to the user’s expressed intentions, but the nature
of providing tools for an open platform means that we cannot control how
developers and content producers use our products.
Detailed information about
how each of your settings choices impact your Flash experience can
be found on the Help pages for each tab in the Settings Manager. They
are also available online: