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FTC Bars Ad Firm From Snooping Browser History 21

itwbennett writes "Score 1 for online privacy. The Federal Trade Commission and online ad firm Epic Marketplace have reached a settlement that will bar Epic from using browser history sniffing technology. According to the news report, 'The history sniffing allowed Epic to determine whether a consumer had visited more than 54,000 domains, including pages relating to fertility issues, impotence, menopause, incontinence, disability insurance, credit repair, debt relief, and personal bankruptcy. Epic used the tracking to send targeted ads related to several health issues, the FTC said.'"
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FTC Bars Ad Firm From Snooping Browser History

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  • Finally! (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @04:33PM (#42196473)

    Finally! Freedom from ubiquitous surveillance. Now FTC just needs to break the google/doublecklick tracking bug and the Facebook "like" button. Until then, I'll stick to using VPN at the library, thankyouverymuch.

  • Wait, what? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Macdude ( 23507 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:53PM (#42200709)

    Wait, what? A web site can secretly access my browser history? Why does this need the FTC need to get involved, shouldn't "we" stop them by fixing the browsers?

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