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July 18, 2019

New York Times: Google and FaceBook Are Tracking Your Every Click on Pornographic Websites

Yes, well. #MuhPrivateMonopoly and all.

A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies.

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you -- even when you're browsing pornography websites in incognito mode.

Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear.

“These porn sites need to think more about the data that they hold and how it’s just as sensitive as something like health information,” said Elena Maris, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft and the study’s lead author. “Protecting this data is crucial to the safety of its visitors. And what we’ve seen suggests that these websites and platforms might not have thought all of this through like they should have.”

The study’s other authors -- Jennifer Henrichsen, doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim Libert, a Carnegie Mellon computer science instructor -- found that 93 percent of the pornography websites they scanned sent data to an average of seven third-party domains.

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The study found that Google (or one of its subsidiary companies like the advertising platform DoubleClick) had trackers on 74 percent of the pornography sites. Trackers from the software company Oracle showed up on 24 percent of sites, and Facebook, which does not permit pornographic content or nudity on any of its platforms, had trackers on 10 percent of the sex websites scanned by the study.

Is this why I keep seeing ads for RompHims?

A friend of mine mused the other day: It's only a matter of time before Monster Tech, or the Chinese intelligence services which have infiltrated them, start either quietly blackmailing people or publicly embarrassing people by releasing huge troves of data about porn usage.

I guess it's a good thing that my inclinations are mostly normal.

Mostly.


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