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FTC recommends self regulation. FTC Weighs 'Do Not Track' List. FTC against Amazon cookies. NSA uses Google cookies to hack suspicious targets. GOOGLE WINS COOKIE PRIVACY LAWSUIT. Microsoft to ditch cookies? Cookies to go extinct? Online Tracking and Consumer “Choice” Your Questions on Digital Privacy - Digits - WSJ - (Private Browsing) Law suit against cookies. Twitter do not track. Do-Not-Track extension for G Chrome. Mozilla issues do-not-track guide for advert. “Do Not Track Me” gains traction in Washington 

Spotify Caught Using Evil Tracking Cookie

Flash cookies to Etags. Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can’t Be Dodged. Researchers at U.C.

Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can’t Be Dodged

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

The discovery of KISSmetrics tracking techniques comes as federal regulators, browser makers, privacy activists and ad tracking companies are trying to define what tracking actually is. What are Cookies and What They do for Privacy (Infographic) The topic of cookies seems to come up more as part of the larger privacy discussion.

What are Cookies and What They do for Privacy (Infographic)

There are apparently cookies creeping into our information, taking bits of us and sending it to anyone who we can imagine wouldn’t want to see it. All of the search engines use them, the advertisers, Facebook and social networks.


A Tool to Help Sites Monitor Web Tracking - Digits. New Suits Challenge Online Cookies that Defy or Inhibit Deletion. Posted Sep 20, 2010 9:13 AM CDT By Debra Cassens Weiss At least six new lawsuits are challenging online cookies that track Internet users’ browsing habits, claiming the modern tracking tools defy or inhibit deletion. Court rulings in 2001 and 2003 found that cookies were legal, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new suits, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claim that those holdings don’t apply to new, more sophisticated tracking technology. The would-be class actions claim violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

One suit names CNN and the Travel Channel, claiming the companies track Internet surfing over mobile phones using unique ID numbers that can be “re-spawned” after deletion, the story says. Sites harvesting kids' data fly under the radar, even for the FTC. Ask any parent what are the greatest dangers to kids online, and you're likely to hear about scary individuals: the pedophile masquerading as a friend on a social site, game, or virtual world (such as those sensationalized on To Catch a Predator); the bullying schoolmate who taunts online; the inconsiderate, callous, or hormone-addled peer who posts inappropriate pictures or encourages one's little angel to "sext.

" Scary companies and commercial interests, however, fall low on the list of concerns, if at all. In my experience, most adults either don't think about the collection and sale of children's online activity, or accept it as an unavoidable cost of using Web services. The Federal Trade Commission is a case in point. On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking. Spate of Lawsuits Over 'Cookies' Shows User Discomfort With Latest Innovations in Online-Tracking Technology. Digital-Privacy Questions Answered: Deleting Cookies - Digits.

Ad Cookies and Privacy. Report: Facebook and the New Age of Privacy. Privacy Policy. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested. Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Even without cookies, a browser leaves a trail of crumbs. Those with no technical knowledge generally believe that they are anonymous when simply browsing the Web.

Even without cookies, a browser leaves a trail of crumbs

Those who know more might recognize that IP addresses can be used to do some rough targeting, while browser cookies can be used to track someone across sessions and across IP addresses. But what if your browser itself—even with cookies off and IP addresses out of the picture—was leaving a digital fingerprint at every site you visit? That possibility lies behind a new experiment from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, something called "Panopticlick. " (Insert your favorite Bentham/Foucault joke here.) Panopticlick measures the unique characteristics of your particular browsing setup, logs them, and then tells you just how unique that signature is.

So far, my own browser fingerprint is totally unique. Browsers provide all sorts of details to websites that request them. Websites can also access data on time zone, screen size, color depth, and more. Lawsuit: Disney, others spy on kids with zombie cookies. Disney, Ustream, SodaHead, Warner Bros., and a number of other websites are spying on kids' Internet use, according to a lawsuit filed recently by a group of parents and their children.

Lawsuit: Disney, others spy on kids with zombie cookies

The suit accuses ad widget company Clearspring Technologies of enabling these sites to track kids all over the Internet, and not just on Clearspring partner sites, leaving them in violation of numerous federal and California state privacy laws. Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies. Specificmedia, one of the net’s largest ad-serving and tracking companies, has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing the company of violating computer intrusion laws by secretly re-creating cookies deleted by users.

Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies

The lawsuit (.pdf), filed in California’s Central District federal court last Wednesday, is the third such suit filed this month by privacy attorney Joseph Malley. The first “zombie” cookie suit targeted sites ranging from MTV to Scribd that used technology from a company called Quantcast, while the second suit went after Disney and Demand Media for their use of similar tech from Clearspring Technologies. At issue is the use of Adobe Flash to keep copies of a user’s browser cookies in order to re-spawn cookies after users clear them. The lawsuits allege that the companies did not explain to users how they were using Flash and that using the storage capabilities of Flash for this purpose violates federal privacy and computer security laws. The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog. Wall Street Journal's "cookie madness," and conflict of interest on privacy reporting. Web Photo Geotags Can Reveal More Than You Wish. Suit alleges Disney, other top sites spied on users.

A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges that a group of well-known Web sites, including those owned by Disney, Warner Bros.

Suit alleges Disney, other top sites spied on users

Records, and Demand Media, broke the law by secretly tracking the Web movements of their users, including children. Attorneys representing a group of minors and their parents filed the suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, records show. The suit alleges that Clearspring Technologies, a software company that creates widgets and also offers a way to serve ads via widgets, is at the center of the wrongdoing. Infographic of the Day: How Your Favorite Websites Spy on You. We all know, vaguely, that the websites we visit are tracking us with cookies and whatnot, silently scraping data on how and where we surf.

Infographic of the Day: How Your Favorite Websites Spy on You

But when you see the facts all laid out for you, it's gobsmacking. The Wall Street Journal just published the results of an investigation they did into tracking habits at the Web's top 50 websites, and summed up the results in this superb infographic. Basically, the top half shows the Web's top 50 websites; the bottom half shows the tracking companies whose software can be found on those sites. Online Advertisers Defend Industry Amid Web-Privacy Debate - Digits. Google Disables Android Apps Caught Collecting Personal Data - Digits. BySpencer E.

Google Disables Android Apps Caught Collecting Personal Data - Digits

Ante UPDATE: This post has been updated with comment from Apple. Some wallpaper applications sold through Google’s Android store did more than give phones a pretty background. Bloomberg News The Android mascot According to a study presented at a hacker conference this week by security firm Lookout, more than 80 such apps were found to be collecting phone numbers and other personal information, including the IMSI number that identifies a cellphone subscriber. Mobile Advertising. Personal Details Exposed Via Biggest U.S. Websites.

GIS Geographic information system. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

GIS Geographic information system

The acronym GIS is sometimes used for geographical information science or geospatial information studies to refer to the academic discipline or career of working with geographic information systems and is a large domain within the broader academic discipline of Geoinformatics.[1] What goes beyond a GIS is a spatial data infrastructure, a concept that has no such restrictive boundaries.

Paying the price for a free web. We are increasingly giving away personal information on sites such as Facebook. VirtualRevol: Cost of Free. Behavioral targeting. Behavioral Targeting refers to a range of technologies and techniques used by online website publishers and advertisers which allows them to increase the effectiveness of their campaigns by capturing data generated by website and landing page visitors.

Behavioral targeting

IPrivacy4IT – Clarinette's blog. The Virtual Revolution Blog: Rushes Sequences - Doug Rushk. AOLBringsOut thePenguins to Explain Ad Targeting - Bits Blog. eXelate Raises $15 Million For Behavioral Targeting Data Marketplace. eXelate, a New York-based provider of data management tools for online publishers and operator of an open marketplace for audience targeting data, has raised $15 million in Series B funding in a round led by Silicon Valley’s Menlo Ventures with participation of Israeli VC firm Carmel Ventures. The latter led the company’s initial $4 million financing round back in October 2007.

Predict advertise suggest. eXelate. Some Sanity in the ‘Web Makes Us Dumber’ Debate. Nick Carr and Clay Shirky recently waged a head-to-head battle — via dueling Wall Street Journal essays — over whether the Internet is making us smarter or dumber. Not opt out not opt in, but something in between - Articles - All - Publications - Welcome to Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. This article was first published in Data Protection Law & Policy in July 2010. Data mining. Data mining is the process of discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods at the intersection of machine learning, statistics, and database systems.[1] Data mining is an interdisciplinary subfield of computer science and statistics with an overall goal to extract information (with intelligent methods) from a data set and transform the information into a comprehensible structure for further use.[1][2][3][4] Data mining is the analysis step of the "knowledge discovery in databases" process or KDD.[5] Aside from the raw analysis step, it also involves database and data management aspects, data pre-processing, model and inference considerations, interestingness metrics, complexity considerations, post-processing of discovered structures, visualization, and online updating.[1] Etymology[edit]

Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy. TRAFFIQ — Premium Advertising Marketplace. Tells Congress Privacy Bills May Harm Business and Consumers. Testifies on Privacy Legislative Drafts, Champions Industry Self-Regulation, Raises Serious Concerns About Current Proposals The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mike Zaneis, Vice President of Public Policy, testifies before the U.S. You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again. What They Know - WSJ - (Private Browsing) To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You. Mobile Advertising. Uncil staff helping selves to data. High performance access to file storage. New plans to open up UK resources revealed. “Security Breaches” Library « Information Security Breaches & The Law. Momentum building for federal online privacy rules. Privacy Regulation and Online Advertising by Avi Goldfarb, Cathe. 100 million Facebook pages leaked on torrent site.

White House exempts YouTube from privacy rules. 2020 The Future of Behavioural Targeting - (Private Browsing) Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over ‘Zombie’ Cookies. UK and 12 Other Member States issue Statement on Telecoms Reform Package [UPDATED] How Advertisers Use Internet Cookies to Track You. IAB and Pinsent Masons try to confuse the public over new cookie rules. TrackerScan: Install FirefoxWebbrowser tool to see real-time analysis of the tracking companies that are collecting informati. Privacy lawsuit targets 'Net giants over "zombie" cookies. ComScore, Inc.

The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets - - (Private Browsing) Cookie Madness! « BuzzMachine - (Private Browsing) The Data Bubble. The Future of Search: A One-Act Play in Three Acts (Act Two) - S. How to Avoid Prying Eyes on the Internet.