Online Hackers Beware: GOTCHA!
See MIT Technology Review and Gizmodo Australia for coverage of this research. The full research paper is available here.
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Following recent NSA spying regulations, many people disabled browser cookies or took other steps to protect their privacy. Cookies are still popular with online advertisers, but they have been developing and using more refined methods for some time, including authenticated tracking, browser fingerprinting, cross-device tracking and more.
"Google knows exactly who you are because there is so much authentication built into Google's services," Chris Hoofnagle, director of the information privacy programs at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, said in an e-mail. "We are moving to an authenticated Web where one is always signed in, and that authentication, even if on the surface (it's) pseudonymous, typically indicates the user's identity."See full article at SFGATE.
Though news reports have focused on the National Security Administration's efforts to monitor people's phone calls and online activities, private companies are also tracking what we are doing, nearly everywhere we leave a digital footprint.
This story looks at how data-tracking companies are monitoring online behavior.