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Facebook And Google Are Tracking Your Porn Sites

A new study by professors in the United States has revealed some shocking revelations on how big tech companies are tracking user activity on various porn sites.

The study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies meaning they’re always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode.

Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear.

“These porn sites need to think more about the data that they hold and how it’s just as sensitive as something like health information,” said Elena Maris, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft and the study’s lead author.

“Protecting this data is crucial to the safety of its visitors. And what we’ve seen suggests that these websites and platforms might not have thought all of this through like they should have.”

So, those who were thinking that by clearing their browser history and using the incognito mode on browsers was enough to hide their devious activities, they are definitely wrong.

The study was also fronted by other authors like Jennifer Henrichsen, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim Libert, a Carnegie Mellon computer science instructor. During their study, they found that 93% of the pornography websites they scanned sent data to an average of seven third-party domains.

The authors used webXray, an open-source software tool, which detects and matches third-party dataClose X requests to scan sites. Most of that information (79 percent of websites that transmitted user data) was sent via tracking cookiesClose X from outside companies.

Apart from Google, trackers from the software company Oracle were also detected and showed up on 24% of sites while Facebook had trackers on at least 10% of the sex websites scanned during study even though the social media giant prohibits pornographic content or nudity on any of its platforms.

 

Also read: 65 New Emojis Coming To Android Q

Author: Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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