January 23, 2022

Report: “I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.”

From The NY Times:

Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times’s Privacy Project asked me whether I’d be interested in having all my digital activity tracked, examined in meticulous detail and then published — you know, for journalism. “Hahaha,” I said, and then I think I made an “at least buy me dinner first” joke, but it turned out he was serious. What could I say? I’m new here, I like to help, and, conveniently, I have nothing whatsoever at all to hide.


What did we find? The big story is as you’d expect: that everything you do online is logged in obscene detail, that you have no privacy. And yet, even expecting this, I was bowled over by the scale and detail of the tracking; even for short stints on the web, when I logged into Invasive Firefox just to check facts and catch up on the news, the amount of information collected about my endeavors was staggering.

Read the Complete Article


As you can see here (as well as the chart in the article), The New York Times uses tracking scripts.

From The Washington Post (June 21, 2019)
Our Latest Privacy Experiment Found Chrome Ushered More Than 11,000 Tracker Cookies Into Our Browser — In A Single Week.

Nothing discussed in this article is NEW in terms of the tracking taking place. For example, from 2016, see:  “Online Tracking: A 1-Million-Site Measurement and Analysis”


From 2015: Conference Paper: “Cookies That Give You Away: The Surveillance Implications of Web Tracking”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.