Cookie-blocking browser plugin Ghostery feeds data to the ad industry

By Jesse
Jun 18, 2013
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  1. The popular browser add-on called Ghostery blocks tracking code on websites, improving page load speeds and narrowing a user’s footprint on the web. It’s often touted as an essential part of the online privacy toolkit, and made the list in...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,577   +487

    This is what you call a Trojan. Happy days...
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  3. spectrenad

    spectrenad Newcomer, in training Posts: 81   +16

    Idc if they track me, they can't shove their adds at me with adblock :)
    hammer2085 and SantistaUSA like this.
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 818   +19

    Everything seems to collect visited urls, too. What do they do with that?
    hammer2085 likes this.
  5. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Been using Ghostery for over a week now, but after reading this,no more. Will look elsewhere.
  6. I just threw my disgusting Ghostery in the incinerator. Shame on you Evidon, you are despicable.
  7. Gnome

    Gnome Newcomer, in training

    It says they honor the request if you opt-out. They should be more upfront about this stuff, but they need to make money somehow.
  8. The option to opt-out is the very first item shown when managing the add-on. This should be immediately seen after installing the add-on and managing the trackers and cookies you want to block. The data is collected anonymously and you can see explanation as well as a link to their FAQ on their website. There on their site written in bold it says data is shared with businesses however it is anonymously. My tinfoil hat is bigger than most, however this is a non-issue, especially with the clearly visible opt-out and explanation. Stop causing needless panic.
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,718   +873

    I installed that app a year back. I uninstalled it a second after installing lol.

    I use a real app called Disconnect instead.
  10. hammer2085

    hammer2085 Newcomer, in training Posts: 16

  11. tomkaten

    tomkaten TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 71   +26

    This app is simply not needed. Use the Easyprivacy addon for Adblock Plus or Adblock and watch Ghostery suddenly not blocking anything.

    I hated it from day 1, because it broke some pages and I had to manually allow stuff.
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  12. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    I got nothing to hide. Why should it bother me if they sell my private information. J/K
    FLWrd likes this.
  13. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    Glad this is not an Australian company, you get in a lot of trouble for Opt-out instead of opt-in when it comes to privacy...
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,578   +76

    Shame on them..
  15. TekGun

    TekGun TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 156   +11

    So instead of the website you're visiting getting paid for adds, this ahole gets paid instead under the guise of protecting your privacy.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,815   +702

    But why use something like this? Why not use your browsers built in anti tracking? Is that suspect as well?
  17. Ghostery is useless because you can always use EasyList privacy (or such) so there is no need for separate extension at all.
  18. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,718   +873

    Same. I use Disconnect instead.
     
  19. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,718   +873

    What does the EasyList for Adblock do?
  20. Ghostery's website ghostery.com that is clearly states in under OUR PROMISE
    ... thankyou very much uninstalled hope you rot with that money you made. Can someone please sue this company ?
  21. Because it's called "private!"
  22. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 408   +73

    First off all, anyone that goes "omg cookies are evil I need to block them now" is already a red flag.

    You, dear Internet user, is uninformed and paranoid and you are being preyed on because of your ignorance. Don't start blaming everyone else because you couldn't be bothered to uncheck the opt in option for data collection.

    Ps. Don't forget to buy a registry cleaner with that cookie blocker and one of those "speed up my pc" utilities while you are at it! (disclaimer: No don't buy those things, they are all bull*****, that was sarcasm)
  23. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 804   +201

    If's its online, it ain't private. No encrypted cloud, secured server or incognito method will save you. Big Brother is in fact, watching you. (just my crazy take, don't take it too seriously :) )
  24. Some of you are just pathetic! Demanding protection at no cost to yourself and thinking that there is such a thing as benevolent entities with unlimited resources to do good.
    I honestly do not have a problem with groups like this collecting and selling anonymous statistics, because they provide a "free" service to me and to which I can tell them I don't even want them to make a means to continue to provide this service, by opting out.
    Not to mention some that just piss on a product that doesn't do everything for them (for free) and provide no feed back to the company, but only gripe and ***** on forums.

    Damn freeloading punks, go try and do community service jobs (volunteer work) for a living and see how well that pays your bills.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Would you mind scooting me over a PM of your credit card numbers? I swear I won't share them with anyone else


    For the rest of you that might want to conceal your private info and browsing, the latest Firefox has, "do not track" built in.


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