Online Privacy News and Views
In the last few days we have been making some significant changes to the way we recognise and record certain types of cookies in the knowledge base that powers our site all about cookies – Cookiepedia. The result has been a big re-calculation of the prevalence of different types of cookies on the websites we have scanned. In particular we now believe that the percentage of cookies involved in visitor tracking and targeting – nearly 60% of all cookies – is much more representative of the true picture.
We’ve been collecting online tracking data via Cookiepedia for three years now, and without even trying very hard we have amassed data on 11 million cookies from 300,000 websites. Following on from our number crunching to produce the global who’s tracking you stats, we have taken a sample of sites from one market segment, to see how it compares with the global average.
In Real Life is a new documentary looking at the impact of the internet on the lives of teenagers – who have never known a world without always-on web connected devices. Interspersing a selection of stories about online celebrity, porn addiction, cyber-bullying and more, the film also tries to find out what ‘the cloud’ really is – and what is being done with all the data that is being volunteered and collected by large companies every day. There are interviews with such luminaries as Julian Assange, Jimmy Wales and Nicholas Negroponte (who tells us he remembers a time when he literally knew everybody using the internet, in its infancy) – who talk about surveillance, loss of privacy and the enormous social changes that the web has brought about.
We have been busy crunching more cookie data over on Cookiepedia and the result is a new infographic, designed to give some insight into the world of tracking and cookie-based profiling.
It has been a busy few weeks for our development team, and we are delighted to announce that the hard work has paid off, with not one but two major software releases completed in the last few days.
We have released a brand new version of the Cookiepedia website this week, and we are very happy with the results, although there is more development to come. We have been working on this update for the best part of six months, and have gone right back to the drawing board to build something entirely new and bespoke. It was a huge job and involved a major re-engineering of the database.
In the last few months, in-between helping clients with their cookie law compliance, we have also been busy developing and improving the Cookiepedia resource – our free, public database all about cookies, based on the collection of data via our browser plug-ins.
We have been collecting cookies in our database now for nearly a whole year, but every time we take a look at the data, we find something new.
The Cookie Collector web service has now been brought back online following extensive database re-structuring. A little while back we made an announcement that we had suspended the collection of new cookie data via our plug-ins. This was made necessary due to the increase in demand that was over-whelming our systems with new data.
The Cookie Collector has been busier than ever in the last few weeks, and we now have over 78,000 websites we have collected cookies from since we started gathering data back in May.