Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Think you're reading the news for free? New research shows you're likely paying with your privacy [The Conversation]

Excerpt from a stark tracking reality check

"Our investigation has revealed that among the 2,000-plus news-related websites identified by Alexa, readers are, on average, connected to over 19 third-party servers – twice as many as the 100,000 most popular sites.

The outlets facilitating this tracking include the most respected names in the news industry, coast-to-coast. A visitor to The New York Times' homepage is potentially connected to a whopping 44 third-party servers, while visitors to the Los Angeles Times' website get their browsing history leaked to 32 external servers. And if you’re planning on checking the forecast on AccuWeather before heading out, you can expect to be connected to 48 third-party servers."
Think you're reading the news for free? New research shows you're likely paying with your privacy
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