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NSA taps tracking cookies used by Google, others, to monitor surveillance targets

Jaikumar Vijayan | Dec. 12, 2013
Browser cookies used to serve targeted ads are a rich source of material for NSA, report says.

The Post's latest revelations are likely to shine a much-needed spotlight on the extensive tracking and monitoring activities carried out by major Internet companies in order to deliver targeted advertisements to users.

Privacy rights groups have protested such tracking for several years and have sought legislation that would give users more visibility and control over the data that is collected on them by online companies.

But efforts to implement an effective, industrywide Do Not Track system remain elusive as a result of opposition by trade groups like the Digital Advertising Alliance which argues that self-regulation is a better approach.


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