"The data obtained by Motherboard and PCMag includes Google searches, lookups of locations and GPS coordinates on Google Maps, people visiting companies' LinkedIn pages, particular YouTube videos, and people visiting porn websites. It is possible to determine from the collected data what date and time the anonymized user visited YouPorn and PornHub, and in some cases what search term they entered into the porn site and which specific video they watched."
@oilyfish There are many programs that can do this. Anti-virus is a big one, but adblocking and VPN software can also collect and share your entire activity with third parties. That is why you should use the Tor Browser for sensitive searches, such as health issues. As for porn, it is what people worry about most, but what actually matters the least. Really, nobody cares about your fetishes.
@oilyfish They will care about your fetishes if you ever decide to run for government or any other sensitive position. I often wonder if/ how this collected information is ever used in ways to blackmail or 'leverage' people/ deals? Even when they claim it is anonymous data I hear it doesnt take much to cross check it with other data and find out the source/ identity. I don't like being cynical but the temptation would be too great for some...
@cyprian From the article:
" In 2006, New York Times reporters were able to identify a specific person from a cache of supposedly anonymous search data that AOL publicly released. Although the tested data was more focused on social media links, which Jumpshot redacts somewhat, a 2017 study from Stanford University found it was possible to identify people from anonymous web browsing data."
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