Google and Facebook Are Quietly Tracking You on Sex Websites

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by hawki, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies...

    Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode.

    Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear..

    The study... found that 93 percent of the pornography websites they scanned sent data to an average of seven third-party domains...

    The study found that Google (or one of its subsidiary companies like the advertising platform DoubleClick) had trackers on 74 percent of the pornography sites. Trackers from the software company Oracle showed up on 24 percent of sites, and Facebook, which does not permit pornographic content or nudity on any of its platforms, had trackers on 10 percent of the sex websites scanned by the study...

    The researchers ...[were] able to locate privacy policies for only 17 percent of the scanned sites..."

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/opinion/google-facebook-sex-websites.html
     
  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    So why would one expect porn sites to track users less than (say) The NY Times does?
     
  3. Minimalist

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    Yes, I guess they just want to know their users, like any other site.
     
  4. summerheat

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    Well, avoiding being tracked on whichever sites is easy enough, e.g., by using uBlock Origin.
     
  5. guest

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    Enjoy it while you still can.
     
  6. reasonablePrivacy

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    I wouldn't expect less tracking, but from different companies.
    1. I think most people would see this as creepy.
    2. These companies track because they want to server ads for users. Fun fact: these companies don't want to show ads next to controversial content. That's why a lot of Youtube videos and whole channels were demonetized. At least they claim that is a reasoning behind demonetization decisions. That's why ads on porn sites are served by different ad networks than rest of the Web.
     
  7. summerheat

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    What do you mean by this? I don't see why blocking 3rd-party requests by default shouldn't work in the future anymore.
     
  8. Rasheed187

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    Exactly, it's no surprise to me, Google and Facebook will try to track you on any site.
     
  9. Palancar

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    It is amazing to watch the trackers being reported by the DuckDuckGo Essentials addon in my FF. I use DDG as my search engine and have enabled the "Essentials" addon for my casual FF browser behind a one hop VPN for home use. Some of these big companies try to use trackers in places you wouldn't imagine they would. Its virtually universal in application. Using TOR and several VPN hops when coming here, and similar - its a non factor since the circuit is designed to blow all that cr** away.
     
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