[LINK] Doubleclick privacy dust-up may draw regulators' eye
Fri, 04 Feb 2000 17:40:57 +1100
I'm no expert on the impending data legislation and I'm unsure as to
whether this sort of practice would be covered or not.
But for what its worth Garry Barker reported in his piece on spam email in
the Age IT section on Tuesday that Joe Hockey's office is looking for
submissions on that issue.
So who knows, perhaps he might be prepared to act on representations in
this area as well.
These 'web-bugs' or 'turtles' certainly seem insidious, and hardly sit well
with a public policy stance of being concerned to protect users privacy...
At 17:26 3/02/00 , you wrote:
>From: Tony Barry <email@example.com> (3/2/2000 3:38 PM)
> >track users' movements on the Web and collect personal
> >information such as names, addresses, and purchasing tendencies.
>worse than that is their latest trick -- they are getting their
>adviertising clients to insert a tiny gif into web pages ...
> >ResearchBuzz  (see under 1-31-2000):
> >Dan Gillmor is reporting in his eJournal ) about Lycos' use of "Web bugs."
> >Web bugs are small .gifs -- usually 1 by 1 pixel -- that load when a Web
> >page you're using loads and can be used to track you across the Web.
> >According to the e-mail he got, Lycos had these "Web bugs" on their search
> >results page. I went and did a search on Lycos for "turtles." Then I
> >viewed the page source and found this string:
> ><IMG SRC="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/ly.ln/r;kw=turtles;cat=;
> >sz=468x60;ord=2111011463?" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 BORDER=0>
> >See how my search query is in there too? Yuck. I e-mailed the guy who
> >e-mailed Dan Gillmor -- his name is Richard Smith -- who pointed me
> >towards his Web Bug faq . I don't know too much about these "Web bugs,"
> >so I'm trying to get more information, and I'm going to contact Lycos,
> >too. I'll let you know if I hear anything. Do you know anything about
> >these Web bugs? Drop me a note.
> > <http://www.researchbuzz.com/news/index.html>
> > <http://weblog.mercurycenter.com/ejournal/>
> > <http://www.tiac.net/users/smiths/privacy/wbfaq.htm>
>These web-bugs can also be found on some pages in the FedEx site, leading
>to fears that DoubleClick will use the information to match browsers to
>Is there anything in Australia's impending privacy regulations that will
>stop local ad-services doing the same? Is the regulation written in a
>manner that allows the possibility of DoubleClick et al inventing yet
>more ways to track browsers (or is it worded poorly vis "cookies") ?
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