Dumb, dumb, dumb
When I use recruitment agencies, I expect my information to be handled with the utmost respect for confidentiality and privacy (don't laugh, I need to say this to develop my argument - and there are a few good recruiters). If that's done then the company can potentially get a decent commisson as a reward for a professional job. What in the name of all that's clueless were they thinking, deciding to use 100s of privacy busting tracking cookies to rake in a few extra quid on the back of web traffic? Hays do a lot of IT recruitment, and IT people are wise to why this sort of shit is bad, and I don't think that the few extra quid is going to compensate for the potential loss of custom from IT clients who might decide to give them a miss after reading about this story.