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Advertisers Able To Track Users Despite Settings

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 17, 2012

Across the globe, online privacy has become the center of debate. Lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen privacy bills in Congress, reports The Wall Street Journal, and the White House has indicated it will present a Privacy Bill of Rights. Additionally, calls for do-not-track mechanisms online have led to many major browsers implementing such tools. This article explains how advertising companies have been able to track users on one browser despite contrary settings. Loopholes in the browser's policy on cookies allowed advertisers to place temporary cookies without users' knowledge, one report states. A spokesperson said the company is aware and is "working to put a stop to it." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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