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Do-Not-Call-Site tracks it's users!

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posted on Oct, 8 2003 @ 05:41 PM
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"But the web site hides a little secret: a web bug.
Most users won't be aware that the registry hosts a one pixel by one pixel image: a popular tracking ploy. And where does trail lead but back to AT&T, one of the most persistent telemarketers.

The FTC confirmed that AT&T Managed Services is its contractor, and hosts the website. When we asked if the FTC would consider removing the bug, they promised to call us back.

"How could this not be a conflict of interest?" asks James 'Kibo' Parry, who drew our attention to the tracking device. "It seems highly questionable for the 'Do Not Call' Web site to be providing visitor statistics to (or at least collecting visitor statistics via) a phone company."

The article goes on to say that AT&T hosts the site, which is a conflict of interest. This is the offending code:




.... whooops. Excuse me, they're tracking you now. I meant:

< IMG BORDER="0" NAME="DCSIMG" WIDTH="1px" HEIGHT="1px" SRC="http://g6589dcs.nyc2.aens.net/DCS000003_6D4Q/njs.gif?dcsuri=/no_javascript">
(It's trivial to whois that link.)

There. That's all better, isn't it?
www.theregister.co.uk...






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