Question: Do cookies "collect" data from user browsers, or do cookies "request" then receive data from user browsers?
For years the way I understood the phrase "cookies collect browser data" is that we (websites) force code (the cookie), onto your browser that opens a siv for all your activity to flow back to us. But this isn't the case at all. Cookies actually make a "request" (i.e., asks) for the user's permission first, and depending on how the user has set up their browser settings, the cookie request is honored or denied.
I'm trying to stay away from the term "collect" as a general matter. I think it's improperly used and leaves the wrong impression on users.
Has anyone else thought about this? Am I missing something?