Expert: Email tracking widespread practice

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/consumer&id=9188925
     
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    " There are several websites that allow email senders to track messages " says the article. :mad:
     
  3. CloneRanger

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    Wrong ! WebBug ID can :thumb: Best if you don't allow WB's ;)

    I wonder why :D

    Yup !
     
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    To avoid such tracking, display email in plain text, with no html rendering, image loading, script running, etc. Just text. Tracking depends on loading remote resources.

    Images and links can also be used for tracking readers of blogs, forums, etc. That's why Wilders blocks external images, and discourages live links.
     
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    Also what mirimir said :thumb:
     
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    I wonder if ghostery blocks these?
     
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    Reads like a pure FUD piece.

    "some email senders are keeping track of your every move [...] Mankarious says the law allows tracking, but not access to content of the email. "

    I'm sorry...someone can send you an email and track whether you open it or not...but they cannot access the content of the email they themselves sent? :blink:

    What's more, this practice is quite common, and it's not really "snooping" as the first line of the article insinuates. Hasn't there been a "notify me when the receiver has opened the email" option native to Microsoft Outlook for like a decade at least?
     
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    Someone sends you an e-mail with a tracker that tells them where and when you opened the very e-mail they sent you. Big whoop. Match.com has had that service for at least 10 years.
     
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