Re: tinyurl, adfarm.mediaplex, and cookies (WAS Re: [CR]Cinelli track bike on e-bay)


Example: History:Norris Lockley
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:59:18 -0500
From: "John Thompson" <JohnThompson@new.rr.com>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: classic list <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: tinyurl, adfarm.mediaplex, and cookies (WAS Re: [CR]Cinelli track bike on e-bay)
References: <42D5A5F3.4000900@sonic.net> <852b38f050713193332cdfa69@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <852b38f050713193332cdfa69@mail.gmail.com>


galen pewtherer wrote:
> while i applaud the impulse behind 'tinyurl-ing' links, i've noticed
> something a bit troubling about it; tinyurl links seem to redirect
> through adfarm.mediaplex.com sites, which then sets a tracking cookie
> before forwarding you on to ebay.
>
> (this is not, in any way, a criticism of jay, his tinyurl link just
> reminded me that i'd been meaning to write this email).
>
> it's not a big deal, and plenty of sites set tracking cookies, but
> 3rd-party cookies are a little suspicious to me, and i don't like
> being tracked, and i'd guess that plenty of list-members don't like it
> either.
>
> just thought i'd let you all know.

I agree. If people could just provide an item number, it would be easy enough to look up without going through the ad farm.

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John "firefox, privoxy, tor, linux, and and overwhelming dose of
paranoia" (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA