[linux-elitists] Browser fingerprinting
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Oct 7 18:09:18 PDT 2013
Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):
> The real key paragraph here is that they are connect indivudal behaviors
> to phones, work stations, and tablets all together. They don't care
> about cookies and web browser signatures. They have gotten way past it.
Long discussion is possible here, which I must demur on. A couple of
1. Article is somewhat vague on technological specifics. But:
2. Some of the specifics are that
(a) '[Flurry's] tracking software appears on the phone automatically
when people download those apps.' Well, Don't Do That, Then.
(b) '[Drawbridge] has partnerships with various online publishers
and ad exchanges' which send 'a notification every time a user
visits a Web site or mobile app' and identifies a user but not
his/her name by spotting behavioural patterns across multiple
devices. Sounds pretty fallible, and I think it rather more likely
that most of what data matching they are able to do come from
matching data voluntarily granted by the user.
Also, I notice that it doesn't work particularly well against my
browsing patterns in multiple locations. To the extent I'm not able to
block Web ads, I'm not seeing effective tailoring.
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