Last night I came across and interesting study that just makes me shake my head. This would be the news that, according to a new study by researchers a fringe company known as “CookieBot,” 25 of 28 Government websites across the European Union (EU) are actively hosting ad tech trackers on their websites. This marks a significant discovery because this sort of activity logging is strictly forbidden under GDPR rules and regulations designed to protect user Anonymity and data confidentiality online.
To gather results, researchers scanned 184,683 pages affiliated with 28 .gov domains, discovering “third-party advertising technology (ad tech) trackers from 112 companies” on 89% of the pages scanned. CookieBot claims that the vast majority of these sort of trackers were discovered on third party plugins installed on the Governments pages, including plugin’s for things like “video players, social sharing widgets, web analytics, galleries and comments sections.” Other trackers were secretly installed to gather information on a visitors health condition so that they could later be targeted by ads for it, a practice strictly forbidden under Article 9 of the GDPR dating back to 2019. Through it all, the only countries found to be in full compliance with their own laws were Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. I could explain the results/methodology of the study in more detail, but I’d rather just have you read it for yourself – enjoy.
Read More – About How Other EU Policies Have Violated User Privacy/Security Online: https://roguemedialabs.com/2018/11/10/another-day-another-wordpress-plugin-designed-to-comply-with-eu-law-compromised/
Download CookieBot’s Report for Yourself: https://www.cookiebot.com/media/1121/cookiebot-report-2019-medium-size.pdf
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