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Inescapable Web-Tracking Software

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DeanBlog EditorUser avatarPosts: 593Joined: Sun May 22, 2011 1:49 pmLocation: United Kingdom Gender: Pinecone

Post Inescapable Web-Tracking Software

I found the following interesting:

    Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded , even when users block cookies, turn off storage in Flash, or use browsers' "incognito" functions.The service, called KISSmetrics,is used by sites to track the number of visitors, what the visitors do on the site, and where they come to the site from , and the company says it does a more comprehensive job than its competitors such as Google Analytics.

    But the researchers say the site is using sneaky techniques to prevent users from opting out of being tracked on popular sites, including the TV streaming site Hulu.com.

    ...

    "The stuff works even if you have all cookies blocked and private-browsing mode enabled," [Berkely Researcher] Soltani said. "The code itself is pretty damning."

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    [The software]
    makes it possible, the researchers say, for any two sites using KISSmetrics to compare their databases, and ask things like "Hey, what do you know about user 345627?" and the other site could say "his name is John Smith and his email address is this@somefakedomainname.com and he likes these kinds of things."

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    The research also found that many top websites have adopted new ways to track users using HTML5 and that Google tracking cookies are present on 97 of the top sites, including government sites such as IRS.gov.

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Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:32 pm
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 4980Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

Post Re: Inescapable Web-Tracking Software

It looks like a bit of JavaScript, in which case it's trivial to block. The rest is scaremongering. Face facts indeed...
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Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:33 am
borrofburiModeratorPosts: 3508Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:27 pm Gender: Male

Post Re: Inescapable Web-Tracking Software

Prolescum wrote:It looks like a bit of JavaScript, in which case it's trivial to block. The rest is scaremongering. Face facts indeed...

I like javascript tracking for that reason. I was figuring that it was an invisible pixel and deeper integration with sites, combined with good communication between databases.
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:51 pm
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 4980Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

Post Re: Inescapable Web-Tracking Software

Just had a quick look at their website, and there's a JavaScript api, but I can't see anything else. Seems that the data goes to them, and there's a customer interface for the metrics. There's been an update at the supplied link saying Hulu and spotify have removed it pending investigation. If you want to see a really nefarious tracking technology, take a look at Phorm.
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Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:39 pm
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