Related News: HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Gizmodo published an article titled HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites.

EFF researchers have independently confirmed that healthcare.gov is sending personal health information to at least 14 third party domains, even if the user has enabled Do Not Track. The information is sent via the referrer header, which contains the URL of the page requesting a third party resource. The referrer header is an essential part of the HTTP protocol, and is sent for every request that is made on the web. The referrer header lets the requested resource know what URL the request came from. This would for example let a website know who else was linking to their pages. In this case however the referrer URL contains personal health information.

Source: Gizmodo

Related News: Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Yahoo! News published an article titled Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy.

“The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy,” Price wrote. “The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect ‘when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.’ It records ‘the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.’ It ignores ‘do-not-track’ requests as a considered matter of policy.”

Source: Yahoo! News