12 Oct '11, 1am

Surfing the web? Be careful: Many high-traffic websites leak more info than consumers realise, says study

Consumers are less anonymous than they think while surfing the Web, according to a study released on Tuesday that triggered new calls for 'do not track' rules. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Consumers are less anonymous than they think while surfing the Web, according to a study released on Tuesday that triggered new calls for 'do not track' rules. More than half of the 185 high-traffic websites looked at in the study shared a consumer's username or user ID with another site, Stanford University's Computer Security Laboratory found. Google, Facebook, comScore and Quantcast were among the top recipients of username and user ID information. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the study would help in the agency's efforts to protect consumers' online privacy and keep at bay what he called the 'cyberazzi,' likening behavioural advertisin...

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