The free cartoon character cursor provided by Comet Systems Inc. tracks and stores the web visits of millions of people. This potential privacy issue was discovered and announced by the same security consultant who discovered, in March of 1999, that Microsoft Windows was inserting unique serial numbers into many documents created within Office 97 programs like Word and Excel.
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as Mr. Smith notified it of the problem. Comet Systems has arrangements with more than 60,000 websites, each of which can serve Comet''s cursors to their visitors. While many of these are personal sites, Comet has been making deals with such sites as StarTrek.com, Paramount''s official Star Trek web site, multimedia specialist RealNetworks, ISP MindSpring, and spaceKids.com, the kids'' section of space.com, a space exploration site whose President is astronaut Dr. Sally Ride. Comet recently announced a