Zombie Tracking Cookie You Can Not Kill

  • Zombie Cookies Are Following You

Complaints abound, but still, for mobile phone users, there is a tracking cookie, that even when deleted, comes back to life. If you use Google, Yahoo, or Facebook, like it or not, you are being tracked.

AT&T dropped the cookie usage last November, but not Verizon. A general blocking of cookies, or deleting cookies will not save you from this intrusion. Even a specific opt-out request may not help.

We filed it under “the ugly”… as such, the original article, from Digg, is a must read for everyone, not just Verizon serviced mobile phone users. “The Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill” article begins:

An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers.

The company, called Turn, is taking advantage of a hidden undeletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers’ habits on their smartphones and tablets. Turn uses the Verizon number to respawn tracking cookies that users have deleted.



News to Share brief source: “The Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill” by Julia Angwin and Mike Tigas for Digg

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