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Anti-privacy award for most monitoring across the web goes to US wireless carriers

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    Wireless carriers worldwide are still tracking users via “supercookies” or “perma-cookies,” yet Americans are tracked by US wireless carriers more than any other carrier in any other country, according to a new report by the digital rights group Access. “Injecting tracking headers out of the control of users, without their informed consent, may abuse the privileged position that telcos occupy.” Those tracking headers “leak private information about users and make them vulnerable to criminal attacks or even government surveillance.”

    It came to light in 2014 that Verizon Wireless and AT&T were injecting special tracking headers, aka “supercookies,” to secretly monitor users’ web browsing habits. So Access setup the “Am I being tracked?” (http://amibeingtracked.com/) website for users to find out if their mobile carriers were tracking the websites they visited on their phone. More than 200,000 people from 164 different countries tried out the Amibeingtracked tool; 15.3% were being tracked by tracking headers deployed by their wireless carriers. Of those, the most monitoring occurred in the US.

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