With Flash Player 10.3 Release Candidate, Adobe has embraced support for application programing interfaces that Microsoft made available when it launched IE8, allowing customers to control their privacy when it comes down to Local Shared Objects (LSOs).
LSOs, can now be removed via the Delete Browser History feature in IE9 and IE8, explained Andy Zeigler, Program Manager, Internet Explorer.
"Adobe recently announced that Flash Player 10.3 integrates with Delete Browsing History. This means that when you delete your cookies with Delete Browsing History, Flash Player will automatically clear your Flash cookies as well. We applaud the change. It resolves a longstanding privacy issue," he stated.
While Delete Browsing History is bound to be familiar to IE8 and IE9 users, fact is that until now it only covered HTTP Cookies.
"However, because Flash is an add-on and not part of standard HTML content, browsers haven't been able to delete Flash cookies the same way they delete HTTP cookies. When we released IE8, we added APIs for Internet Explorer so that add-ons such as Flash can respond to Delete Browsing History and InPrivate Browsing, allowing consumers to delete Flash cookies along with other data in browsing history," Zeigler added.
Both HTTP Cookies and Flash cookies are used to store data locally, information which can, in some scenarios, lead to privacy issues.
Google also recently included LSO deletion right into Chrome Dev channel.
[Source: IE blog]