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Apparently, close to 50% of internet users delete cookies on a weekly basis. They believe it will protect their online privacy. However, nowadays there many sophisticated tracking technologies in existence, which is why we have developed an even more sophisticated privacy solution in turn. Read More
“Forget cookies–even the ultrasneaky, Flash-based “super cookies.” A new type of tracking may identify you far more accurately than any cookie–and you may never know it was there.
The method pulls together innocuous data about your browser, such as plug-ins, system fonts, and your operating system. Alone, they don’t identify you. Together, they’re a digital fingerprint.
It’s like describing a person. Just saying “brown hair” won’t identify anyone. But add in “5 feet, 10 inches tall,” “chipped right front tooth,” “size 12 shoes,” and so on, and soon you have enough information to pull someone out of a crowd, even without their name, Social Security number, or any other of the usual identifiers.
Erik Larkin, PCWorld, Mar 27, 2010
“… a comprehensive study that assesses and analyzes the broad array of cookies and other surveillance technology that companies are deploying on Internet users. It reveals that the tracking of consumers has grown both far more pervasive and far more intrusive than is realized by all but a handful of people in the vanguard of the industry.
The study found that the nation’s 50 top websites on average installed 64 pieces of tracking technology onto the computers of visitors, usually with no warning. A dozen sites each installed more than a hundred. The nonprofit Wikipedia installed none.
Tracking technology is getting smarter and more intrusive. Monitoring used to be limited mainly to “cookie” files that record websites people visit. But the Journal found new tools that scan in real time what people are doing on a Web page, then instantly assess location, income, shopping interests and even medical conditions. Some tools surreptitiously re-spawn themselves even after users try to delete them. These profiles of individuals, constantly refreshed, are bought and sold on stock-market-like exchanges that have sprung up in the past 18 months.”
Julia Angwin, WSJ, Jul 30, 2010
“… Each of these tracking companies can track you over multiple different websites, effectively following you as you browse the web. They use either cookies, or hard-to-delete “super cookies”, or other means, to link their records of each new page they see you visit to their records of all the pages you’ve visited in the previous minutes, months and years. The widespread presence of 3rd party web bugs and tracking scripts on a large proportion of the sites on the Web means that these companies can build up a long term profile of most of the things we do with our web browsers.
Given how much tracking firms know about our browsing history, it’s worth asking whether these companies also know who we are. The answer, unfortunately, appears to be “yes”, at least for those of us who use social networking sites.
A recent research paper by Balachander Krishnamurthy and Craig Wills shows that social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace are giving the hungry cloud of tracking companies an easy way to add your name, lists of friends, and other profile information to the records they already keep on you.”
EFF, Jul 21, 2009