HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Facebook and Google Track...

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:07 PM

Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Source: New York Times

Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies.

By Charlie Warzel
Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large

July 17, 2019

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode.

Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear.

“These porn sites need to think more about the data that they hold and how it’s just as sensitive as something like health information,” said Elena Maris, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft and the study’s lead author. “Protecting this data is crucial to the safety of its visitors. And what we’ve seen suggests that these websites and platforms might not have thought all of this through like they should have.”

The study’s other authors — Jennifer Henrichsen, doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim Libert, a Carnegie Mellon computer science instructor — found that 93 percent of the pornography websites they scanned sent data to an average of seven third-party domains. The authors used webXray, an open-source software tool, which detects and matches third-party data requests to scan sites. Most of that information (79 percent of websites that transmitted user data) was sent via tracking cookies from outside companies.

-snip-


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/opinion/google-facebook-sex-websites.html

4 replies, 666 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites (Original post)
Eugene Jul 18 OP
ADX Jul 18 #1
keithbvadu2 Jul 18 #2
hunter Jul 18 #3
keithbvadu2 Jul 18 #4

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:20 PM

1. Anyone who is not using VPNs, the TAILS operating system, and/or the TOR browser...

 

...when on the internet is putting their privacy and security at risk.

Forewarned is forearmed...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:02 PM

2. "scanned 22,484 pornography sites" - Yeah! That sounds about right for a weekend.

"scanned 22,484 pornography sites" -

Yeah! That sounds about right for a weekend.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:17 PM

3. And they were garbage, all of them.

I remember when cable television had ten channels.

Then it was 57 channels and nothin' on.

Now what have we got?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hunter (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:22 PM

4. A zillion home shopping channels

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread