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Suit Targets Online "History Sniffing"

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 6, 2010

A lawsuit filed against an adult Web site for "history sniffing" is the latest to take aim at gathering Internet users' information, The Wall Street Journal reports. The suit alleges the site "violated cybercrime and consumer-protection laws by using surreptitious technology to harvest information" about the plaintiffs' Web activity. According to the FTC's David Vladeck, "In theory, history sniffing could be used to get extensive information regarding the domains or even sub-domains the consumer had visited." Meanwhile, a number of online companies have agreed to settle suits alleging they used technology commonly known as Flash Cookies to "essentially hack into a person's machine without their knowledge," the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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