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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...

Online Privacy Goes Federal

Written on
November 30th 2010
Author
Peter Koeppel

ADOTAS – “Online privacy” is an all-encompassing term no one is using lightly these days. With a click of a button and the right skills, anyone in the world can have access to certain parts of your identity, from your name, to your hometown, to your employment status, to your marital ... more...

Just How Important Is Privacy to Internet Users?

Written on
November 18th 2010
Author
Uriah Av-Ron

ADOTAS – The Wall Street Journal is running an informative series about privacy in online advertising to inform users regarding the practices of online advertising technology providers, agencies and publishers. While the industry can always do more to inform users regarding how online advertising works and how data is used, ... more...

Google Guy Creates Facebook Data Jammer

Written on
October 21st 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – I’m sure the Google guys are trying to tamper down their schadenfreude over Facebook’s latest privacy imbroglio, or maybe some are sympathetic now that Congress has elbowed its way into the situation. Though not endorsed by the company (wink), Google engineer Brian Kennish has created Chrome extension “Facebook Disconnect,” ... more...

Community Success Begins With You

Written on
October 13th 2010
Author
Jason Jaynes

ADOTAS – Over the course of my series on anonymity, I have addressed the question of whether anonymity is acceptable and provided best practices for how to earn identity from anonymous users, how to separate the anonymous winners from the losers and how to get your community involved. Each of these ... more...

Facebook Revamps Groups, Adds Connect Permission Controls

Written on
October 6th 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Remember those Facebook outages last week, where you were forced to actually do work instead of ogling photos of girls you had crushes on in high school? Well, it happened again last night — poor little social networking junkies couldn’t harvest their new crops on Farmville! So ... more...

How Will We Know Self-Regulation Is Working?

Written on
September 27th 2010
Author
Jim Brock

ADOTAS – It’s “showtime” for the organizations charged with implementing a self-regulatory system to ensure consumer privacy and choice in behavioral ad targeting. Here’s what the system looks like: Participating ad-delivery companies and websites will put special logos (the “Power i”) in or near ads that are targeted based on ... more...

Irony Alert: Zuck Wants Privacy Too

Written on
September 1st 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Irony is a dish best served hot and tangy: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that the latest lawsuit against him and the social network is trying to unearth details of his private life only to harass him. So is that better or worse than unwittingly having it sold ... more...

Google’s Watching — Sound the Alarm!

Written on
July 28th 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Every time I get on the Internet, I feel a little more like Rockwell: I’m just an average man with an average life I work from nine to five, hey, hell, I pay the price All I want is to be left alone in my average home But why do I always ... more...

Quit Facebook Now or After You See the Movie

Written on
May 17th 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – “So when are you deleting your Facebook account?” an industry insider asked me earlier today. “May 31,” I immediately replied. After all, that’s “Quit Facebook Day.” A vociferous bunch upset with the social network say that the last day of this merry month should be your last day on Facebook. ... more...