What can the sites you visit know about you?

While preparing the advanced materials on how to maintain the anonymity of whistleblowers, we came across a resource that clearly demonstrates the capabilities of your browser in extracting additional information about you.

In particular, it is impressive that you can see the battery level, the status of the login on the social network, and the intranet address.

We also recommend seeing your own web print   http://ubercookie.robinlinus.com/

It turns out that so much information is collected that your web print, which is based on such information, can be unique.

Another useful resource for testing your browser is  https://panopticlick.eff.org

Impressive?

That's not it. According to the monthly Princeton Web Census,  which analyses more than a million sites, the following technologies are widely used: 

Now look at the slide below: Visiting only two sites leads to the dissemination of information about you to 84 contractors — third parties.

You can see more information in the original presentation of scientists from Princeton University.

All this says only one thing - identification technologies are constantly developing and it can be difficult to counteract them on your own.

Of course, there are countermeasures tools next to them: more secure browsers, special script blocking scripts, and so on.

But if you really want to be protected, next to these methods it is advisable to use third, independent, and unbiased persons who specialize, care and are interested in preserving your anonymity. In the public space, such organizations are reputable journalists, news publications, and public organizations that care about their reputation.

In the corporate sector, such organizations are us, Ethicontrol, as well as independent audit firms or independent human rights organizations.

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