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Our new report on tracking headers / W3C

From: Deji Olukotun <deji@accessnow.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:44:05 -0400
Message-ID: <CAN9cB4FHxJ9KLPv7Wm77tXA7GosVqne9VuCZPfKfasGxBtZ1tg@mail.gmail.com>
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Hi -

Thought this might interest you, given the TAG's statement on July 17 on
tracking headers and other privacy-related matters.

You may remember last year's story
on Verizon's use of "supercookies" to track users. In the wake, Access
launched AmIBeingTracked.com to allow users to see if the supercookie was
being used on their network.

Today, we have released a report on our findings. The report was covered by
the Wall Street Journal:

Our report found alarming results, among them:

   - Evidence of widespread deployment. Carriers in 10 countries around the
   world, including Canada, China, India, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the
   Netherlands, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela, are using tracking
   - Tracking headers have been around for nearly 15 years;
   - Users cannot block tracking headers because they are injected by
   carriers beyond their control, and they can attach to users even when
   roaming across international borders;
   - Tracking headers leak private information about users and make them
   vulnerable to criminal attacks or even government surveillance;
   - Tracking headers depend upon an HTTP, or unencrypted connection, to
   function, and may lead to fewer websites offering HTTPS.

The full report is available here

Feel free to write with questions.
Deji Olukotun
Senior Global Advocacy Manager
Access | accessnow.org

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