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News - AddThis links removed to preseve privacy

(Permalink)T³ - AddThis links removed to preseve privacy
2009-07-14 11:37

All AddThis links have been removed from T³ after AddThis was acquired by a company called Clearspring which started to track their users with so called Flash cookies. A little Flash code gets loaded from the Clearspring website on all pages which use AddThis. Through Flash you can store data similar to regular cookies on a computer. The problem is that these cookies don't get treated by the privacy settings of your browser and can be read in any browser you use.

This allows Clearspring to track the user behaviour over multiple browsers and websites even when the user isn't using AddThis at all. We won't support this! I didn't recognized this earlier although this changed months ago. Please excuse this, but these changes weren't annouced to the webmasters.

I recommend all Firefox users to install the addon "BetterPrivacy" which allows to delete the Flash cookies automatically.

Links:
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object
* Firefox-Addon BetterPrivacy
* Adobe: Flash Player security and privacy

Written by Blackhawk
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