May 27, 2022

Online Privacy: "Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username"

“Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username” is a new report by Jonathan Mayer, a Student Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at the Stanford Law School. The report focuses on web information leakage (via cookies) and how it effects online privacy.

You can watch Mayer’s presentation (it begins at about 1:14:00 in the video) after FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz discusses online privacy and then takes some questions. AFTER Mayer talks there is a panel discussion with:

  • Ioana Rusa, Consumer’s Union
  • Beth Givins, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
  • Chris Calabrese, ACLU
  • John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog

Christian Fjeld, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was introduced as a participant but video of his comments are not included.

Direct to Video (via C-SPAN Video Library)

Mayer has posted details from the report and numerous related links in this blog post.

Background about the event in this article from The Hill.

The event was sponsored by the ACLU, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, US PIRG and World Privacy Forum.

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