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Study set out to test confidentiality of 50 of the biggest Internet companies
Researchers sent unique web address in private messages through firms
They found six of the companies opened the link from the message
Facebook, Twitter and Google have been caught snooping on messages sent across their networks, new research claims, prompting campaigners to express concerns over privacy.
Cyber-security company High-Tech Bridge set out to test the confidentiality of 50 of the biggest internet companies by using their systems to send a unique web address in private messages.
Experts at its Geneva HQ then waited to see which companies clicked on the website.
During the ten-day operation, six of the 50 companies tested were found to have opened the link.
Among the six were Facebook, Twitter, Google and discussion forum Formspring.
The fact that only a few companies were trapped does not mean others are not monitoring their customers. They may simply be using different techniques which are more difficult to detect.’
A source at Google said: ‘There is nothing new here. It simply isn’t an issue.
Originally posted by Hefficide
When the smokes clears, we will remember who betrayed us and who protected us. And we will not forget nor will we forgive.
Facebook Disconnect: "Stops Facebook from tracking the webpages you go to. Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally-identifiable information to third parties... Facebook Disconnect blocks all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers but still lets you access Facebook itself."
Google Disconnect: "Stop Google from tracking the webpages you go to. Google is notified whenever you visit one of the more than 25 percent of the sites on the web that include Google Widgets. Turn of the flow of your data to them! Google Disconnect blocks traffic from third-party sites to Google servers but still lets you access Google services."
Self-Destructing Cookies: "Cookies when you need them, not when others need them to track you. Gets rid of a site's cookies and LocalStorage as soon as you close its tabs. Protects against trackers and zombie-cookies. Trustworthy services can be whitelisted."
The Android Open Source Project is led by Google, who maintains and further develops Android. Although Android consists of multiple subprojects, this is strictly a project management technique. We view and manage Android as a single, holistic software product, not a "distribution", specification, or collection of replaceable parts. Our intent is that device builders port Android to a device; they don't implement a specification or curate a distribution.
Originally posted by The GUT
Their incompetence is showing. And their character.