12/08/2021

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VPN privacy not always as advertised plus other user tracking updates

Analysis of privacy protections associated with virtual private networks (VPNs) has revealed that most network providers participate in some form of user tracking and data collection. Out of 14 VPNs tested 10 contained tracking mechanisms. In related news, Fast Company reports that the practice of "bounce tracking" is fast becoming standard practice within the ad-tech space. Advertisers hide trackers inside links that users click on. Brave Director of Privacy Peter Snyder said, "Anybody who runs an ad network is almost certainly doing some version of this." Meanwhile, Mediapost confirms Mozilla is to roll out a new tool in its Firefox Strict Mode that will "delete all traces" of third-party cookies.


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