I spotted a disturbing headline which reminded me to repost a recent series about online privacy in the Wall Street Journal.
A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges that a group of well-known Web sites, including those owned by Disney, Warner Bros. Records, and Demand Media, broke the law by secretly tracking the Web movements of their users, including children.
Among the laws that were allegedly violated by Clearspring and the other defendants are the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California's Computer Crime law, and that state's Invasion of Privacy Act.
(CNET uses trackers themselves. Using the Firefox plugin Ghostery, we see that they monitor using Twitmeme, Comscore Beacon, Revenue Science, Yahoo Buzz, Facebook Connect, Google Analytics, and Chartbeat to monitor your surfing)
The article above references a multi-part series I highly recommend you read if you care about your online privacy (just for the record, the Wall Street Journal uses the following trackers: Facebook Connect, MSN Ads, Chartbeat, Peer39, Fox Audience Metrics, Google Analytics, Omniture, WoprdPress Stats.
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