01 November 2013

Discover which companies are tracking you online with Lightbeam

Discover which companies are tracking you online with Lightbeam

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Have you ever been online and suddenly had the feeling that someone other than the NSA was watching you? The good news is that you’re not crazy. The bad news is that your personal information is being harvested for profit by thousands of companies that you’ve probably never heard of. Thanks to new software developed by Mozilla called Lightbeam, users will now have the ability to pinpoint which third-party companies are tracking their online activity.

In a promotional video uploaded to YouTube that explains the project’s purpose, Mozilla’s Privacy and Public Policy Lead Alex Flower explains: “This morning I checked four websites… By the time I'd finished my cup of coffee, I had actually interacted with over 120 different companies.”

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