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Excessive Tracking & Privacy Invasion – Once Again Picking On News.com.au

Sorry guys, didn’t intentionally target you to be my examples.

News.com.au (and many other sites) don’t just track you, they go out of their way to bypass privacy protections your browser may have.  Justlooking below, the site immediately contacts Adobe, but also leaks cookies that contain unique identifiers used to track you across the entire internet belonging to companies like Google ( _ga trackers = Google Analytics), Facebook, the list goes on.

From free service Tracking The Trackers:

shady trackers

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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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