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The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
The agency's internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that when companies follow consumers on the Internet to better serve them advertising, the technique opens the door for similar tracking by the government. The slides also suggest that the agency is using these tracking techniques to help identify targets for offensive hacking operations.
It seems easier to me to assume everything is and just do nothing electronically which isn't fit for the public to view or hear in a worst case scenario. Much less stress in life that way, IMO.
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Then how can we be sure when we tell it not to take on anything from the outside (like cookies), it really is turned off? Wouldn't Chrome, IE or others be clever to code in just 1 or 2 lines among the millions to make sure the NSA-Tracker remains, even if it appears nothing else is?