My apologies in advance if this is a tired topic, something I should have long since known about, if obviously not. Nevertheless I find it strange that, according to Apple, one cannot stop Safari from accepting cookies. I'll explain. As a matter of course I've long had Safari set to block cookies from third parties and advertisers, but otherwise accept them. As some sites and functions require cookies to operate. But in recently checking I discovered over 1,500 cookies stored, which seemed a bit much. Thus I decided to experiment with another regimen, delete all existing cookies and set Safari in the privacy setting of its preferences to always block cookies. With some minor exceptions. Those being in instances when a particular site could not function without a cookieso I would allow them just as long as that took. And then remove all the many other cookies which had accumulated in that short period, resetting the preference to no longer accept any cookies. In short, over a few days I became quite aware of the cookie status on this Macbook. Which, yes, is running OS 10.8.5. In the interim I've noticed a few strange things, if chalking that up to my oversight. But then this morning in looking finding I had 78 new cookies since yesterday, when I had quite deliberately set the preference to 'Always' block cookies and other website data, then removing all cookies to zero. And still set to 'Always' this morning but, as said, now with 78 new cookies. In therefore contacting Apple to inquire about this, I was informed by one of their representatives thatdespite what Safari preferences might saythat one cannot block cookies. That, according to him, indeed no site could operate without the ability to place a temporary cookie. My response to him was that a temporary cookie (if there is such a thing) seemed as bad as one permanent, if one didn't want it there. Moreover that in checking while he was off researching this I had again cleared all cookies, set the setting to 'Always,' closed Safari, reopened it to a page and suddenly with two new cookies. But in going to several other sites with no additional cookies (so obviously they hadn't generated them to operate). He had no answer for that, or for my personal opinion that 'Always' means always, no exceptions. So a brief chat then with his supervisor, who reiterated the same story that despite what one might otherwise think or prefer, that Safari will as a matter of course accept cookiesno matter the setting in preferences. Both also assured me that one could always opt to have website not track me (which has been selected on forever), and that then nothing malicious might occur. If now I have as much faith in that as 'Always' meaning always. In a couple days I'm going to venture to an appointment at a local Apple store to see what their opinion is on all this. But what are yours? Should one expect to have no ability to block cookies in Safari?