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  • AT&T No Longer Tracks User Web Activity Through the Use of Perma-Cookies


    It was reported last month that two of the biggest mobile carriers in the U.S., Verizon Wireless and AT&T were adding tracking codes to track customers browsing habits to target advertisements, even when users opted out. These hidden codes were called ‘perma-cookies,’ which were discovered by researchers. However, it has been recently noted that AT&T has stopped adding hidden tracking codes in devices:

    The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users' identities based on their browsing habits.
    Apparently AT&T was experimenting with ‘Relevant Advertising,’ a customer web tracking practice, which received much negative attention when researchers found out about it. Therefore, the ‘experiment’ for AT&T has ended. As for Verizon Wireless, it was noted that the mobile company had been practicing the use of perma-cookies for nearly two years now.

    Verizon Wireless, the country's largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as "super cookies." Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said business and government customers don't have the code inserted. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes.

    "As with any program, we're constantly evaluating, and this is no different," Lewis said, adding that consumers can ask that their codes not be used for advertising tracking. But that still passes along the codes to websites, even if subscribers say they don't want their data being used for marketing purposes.
    Those who would like to know if their devices are being tracked can head on over to this website created by Kenneth White.

    Source: The Big Story
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T No Longer Tracks User Web Activity Through the Use of Perma-Cookies started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      You mean a company isn't violating the basic rights of a human?!? Holy crap! Break out the party gear!
    1. IChi1d's Avatar
      IChi1d -
      I don't buy none of that, now they have found other ways to do the same thing, and this time your not going to know about it, there's no stopping these sort of things in today's age of control. By the way I like the info on the US DOJ Accused of Spying on Mobile Phone Owners by Using Fake Cell Towers on Planes, that's old news thou.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      For some reason when you try to see the news posts on your iPhone with Modmyi app, this only post its invisible... but it shows everything else, so its impossible to check with the website created by Kenneth White.
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      Uhhh... gee thanks, AT&T. I think.