ANZ Dashboard Digest

Experts: Web Analytics Feature Exposes User Info

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 2, 2010

Privacy experts are raising questions about a feature in Google's Analytics Dashboard that allows Web operators to discover the identity of social network users who have linked to their sites. Smart Company reports that Web sites can potentially visit social network users' online profiles and gather additional information--some of which may be personal in nature. Legal experts say that ability could pose "a significant privacy problem" and that Google needs to work with sites such as Facebook and Twitter to fix the issue. Meanwhile, Colin Jacobs of Electronic Frontiers Australia warns, "Everything is connected, and you need to be careful and make sure your privacy settings are good enough that you're comfortable with what the public can see."
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