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A recent study conducted revealed that internet giants such as Google and Facebook are subversively collecting your data, tracking, and remembering your every internet click!

Alternative browser developers, startup company Cliqz, created a study that observed how internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more, tracked and collecting and remembering data from around 850,000 unsuspecting users.

Cliqz exposed these shocking revelations via their partners Ghostery. Ghostery’s published results showed how approximately 77.4% of all the pages you click on while surfing contains trackers. These trackers, known as tracking pixels stalk your every move and subversively gather your private information.

The largest culprit is Google, who tracks around 64.4% of the pages you load. Next on the list is Facebook who brazenly gathers private information about you from approximately 28.8% of the pages click on.

 

Infographic: They Know What You Clicked Last Summer | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

 

These companies attempt to defend their actions by claiming that they want to make user’s surfing experiences more personalized

Nevertheless, most users feel that these trackers turn their genuine interest in seeking information from the internet into a wild goose chase. Companies like Google and Facebook end up causing users only to chase their own tail, rather than explore the unknown. Understandably, users are angry.

In other words, people like to use the internet to expand their world and peek out of their boxes. But profit mongering internet companies stifle people’s efforts when they use services like Google and Facebook.

Essentially, these internet giants tailor-make an individual’s surfing experience to become a consumerist prison of high walls covered in advertising and marketing.

 

 

Tracking pixels are one of the subversive techniques that these internet corporations use to spy on users

Tracking pixels are 1×1 pixel tags that load onto your computer when you click on a website. These tags then transmit information about you to the source of the tags. Which is why the social media giant Facebook can still violate the privacy of those who choose not even to have a Facebook account!

Furthermore, Facebook has run into serious legal trouble in Europe for these privacy violations. EU law explicitly forbids these subversive tracking techniques. Shockingly, Facebook has been explicitly targeting and tracking Europeans.

Innocent Europeans believe they feel safe when they opt out and exercise their rights under Article 29. Shockingly, instead, Facebook sends them a sinister ‘datr’ cookie which does precisely the opposite and violates their privacy.

 

References: Statista, Cliqz, Ryte Wiki, The Guardian
Image credit: pexels.com


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