How Hard Is That Website Trying To Track You?

Blacklight by themarkup.org – LINK

You visit a website to read news, whatever. You’re read it, but it’s also reading you…

news.com.au I read on and off for amusement (not news.) That’s what they want, because they’re trying to turn your visits, their web traffic, into money. Doesn’t have to be real news to get people there. But what does it do?

Blacklight is a web tool that scans a site for trackers and gives you a very basic overview. No detail, and it won’t pick up advanced tracking techniques or security breaches but for news.com.au it found:

  • 42 advertising trackers. This allows advertising to target you across the internet.
  • 132 third party cookies. These are cookies used from sites that are not news.com.au but collect, collate, and share data.
  • It attempts evade ad blockers and privacy protection with “canvas fingerprinting”.
  • And as per most sites, it tells Google and Facebook you’ve been there.

What can you do about this? Answers coming soon 🙂

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