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Study: Popular Sites "Sniffing" Web Histories

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December 7, 2010

While a recent lawsuit accuses an adult Web site of computer fraud for allegedly "history sniffing" its users' Web activity, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, are spotlighting the use of "history sniffing" to track user activity online, eWeek reports. In an analysis of 50,000 popular Web sites, the researchers found that 485 "are capable of inferring browser history data, 63 of which are transferring that data to their network. In addition, 46 sites were actively participating in history sniffing," the report states. One of the report's authors suggests that "the bigger surprise was that there is an entire industry that has grown around this practice--behavioral analytics."
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