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More Technical Details in KISSmetrics’ eTag Saga

Written on
August 19th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – It looks like what appears on screen when a cat runs across the keyboard: VAR KMCID=’Z9iGGN1n1-zeVqbgzrlKkl39hiY’; if(typeof(_kmil) == ‘function’)_kmil(); That’s the contents of the global identifier variable KMCID set when a user hit any site using KISSmetrics’ tracking technology (such as Hulu or Spotify) before July 29 and the third-party ... more...

Suit Filed Against KISSmetrics and Pubs Over ETag Tracking

Written on
August 5th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – History repeats itself — back in summer 2009 when privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani and friends put out a damning report about online tracking practices with Adobe Flash cookies (aka local shared objects) that undermined user privacy controls through the use of respawning HTTP cookies, class action lawsuits were ... more...

Hulu Caught Respawning Cookies as ETags Enter Tracking Fray

Written on
August 1st 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – UPDATED Aug. 2, 5 p.m. EST — Ashkan Soltani informed us that his team found the KISSmetrics code, i.kissmetrics.com/i.js, that allowed Hulu to respawn cookies via ETags on more than 400. A new front has opened up in the tracking cookie battle. A follow-up report from the same researchers (including ... more...