November 21, 2017
Some of the web’s most popular sites could be tracking your every move, a shocking new study has found.
Hundreds of homepages, including those of Microsoft, Adobe and WordPress, use secret code, called ‘session replay’ scripts, to monitor your online activity.
Hidden strings of data are used to record everything you do while visiting a page, including what you type and where you move your mouse.
This could be used by third parties to reveal everything from credit card details to medical complaints, as well as putting you at risk of identity theft and online scams.
The findings were made as part of Princeton University’s Web Transparency and Accountability Project, which monitors websites and services to find out what user data companies collect, how they collect it, and what they do with it.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 9:23 am