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WSJ Article on Photobucket's Tracking Software

Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
edited 4:32AM in EggHead Forum
An interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal (7/31/10) stating that Photobucket is one of the top 50 websites when it comes to installing tracking files (127) on your computer when you go to their site. :( Apparently Big Brother is alive and well. :angry:


  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Not that I doubt the accuracy of the article, but why would PB do that? I guess they are paid....?
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Still get tracked...

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    It's all about money.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Not surprising at all. Did you see where walmart has smart tags (product tags) that can be scanned from a distance. The article said scanners could be driven by homes and items would show off.

    One of the washing detergent companies have or are going to use smart tags so they can see where their products are being used (home use).

    Huge and interesting "progress" indeed.

    Big brother is alive and well and getting bigger and bigger.

    In your browsers, set allow cookies to off and you will quickly see you can't see much of anything on the net without making cookie exceptions.

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    It's used to track you as a number as to the websites you visit and the third party info (profiles) are sold for target advertising. Here is a link to the article.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Seems Orwell was not so crazy afterall,just off by a decade or three.
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Hahahaha, how many cookies did you get from the WSJ article. :lol:


  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Not that I doubt the information, but I run regular SpyBot updates and scans and it has never found any tracking cookies that originate with PB.

    Just interesting, and I would absolutely recommend everyone use SpyBot and run weekly updates and scans. It will make your life much easier.
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