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Personal Details Exposed Via Biggest U.S. Websites

Privacy… What privacy?

According to this report in the Wall Street Journal, many of the largest U.S. websites are installing new and intrusive consumer-tracking technologies on the computers of people visiting their sites—in some cases, more than 100 tracking tools at a time.

And what do these tracking tools say about your online activities… Plenty, and in real time in some cases.

The tracking files represent the leading edge of a lightly regulated, emerging industry of data-gatherers who are in effect establishing a new business model for the Internet: one based on intensive surveillance of people to sell data about, and predictions of, their interests and activities, in real time

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