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Site Picks “Privacy” as Word of the Year, Tracks Users

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 19, 2013

In a piece for The Washington Post, Ashkan Soltani and Andrea Peterson report that Dictionary.com has chosen “privacy” as its word of the year, citing, among other reasons for the pick, this year’s NSA revelations. “But it has a ring of irony due to the site’s particularly robust consumer-tracking efforts,” they write. The site places 90 cookies on visiting users’ computers and has the most “beacons”—software that can track what a user does on a given webpage—of any site studied in The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 investigation, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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