Privacy tool reveals ad trackers on sensitive nonprofit websites

25/10/2021 | The Markup

New research from The Markup reveals that its Blacklight tool scanned more than 23,000 websites of nonprofit organisations working in sensitive areas, like mental health, finding that many are gathering and sharing visitors’ data. In total, 86% of websites were found to have third-party cookies or tracking network requests, 439 websites loaded scripts to monitor visitors’ clicks and keystrokes, and some had embedded trackers. Privacy researcher Gunes Acar said website users “probably don’t assume” how their information is used, adding, “The more sensitive the website is, the more worried I am.”

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