See who’s tracking you online

New Mozilla App Shows Users Who is Tracking Them Online

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
October 26, 2013
Mozilla has released their new add-on called Lightbeam for Firefox users that will allow users to see who is tracking them across the World Wide Web.
Alex Fowler, speaking for Mozilla, said: “While revelations about government surveillance continue to stun people around the world, there’s another area of online data collection with its own complicated transparency challenges that remains important to users. And that’s the diverse range of third party companies that shape so much of our online experiences today from advertising to social sharing to personalization. Third parties are an integral part of the way the Internet works today. However, when we’re unable to understand the value these companies provide and make informed choices about their data collection practices, the result is a steady erosion of trust for all stakeholders.”
Three different graphs available (graph, clock and list) will give third-party relationships on the Web that user’s unknowingly interact with.
Mozilla explained that “information gathered in private browsing mode will be deleted whenever Lightbeam is restarted, and is not collected at all when Lightbeam is not open.”
Clock view will give the user a real-time display of who is tracking them throughout the day.
Fowler said: “Call it a Wizard of Oz moment for the Web, where users collectively provide a way to pull back the curtain see its inner-workings. With the Lightbeam for Firefox add-on and open data, we’re providing a valuable community research platform to raise awareness, promote analysis and, ultimately, affect change in the areas of tracking and privacy.”
Mark Surman, executive director for Mozilla explained that Lightbeam was meant to raise “public awareness of how their activity is tracked online. It really is a stake in the ground designed to start a conversation about privacy.”

Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.

A high-ranking official from the Chicago Police Department told attendees at a law enforcement conference on Monday that his agency has been working with a security chief at Facebook to block certain users from the site “if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content,” reports Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture.

Lipp reported throughout the week from the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, and now says that a speaker during one of the presentations suggested that a relationship exists between law enforcement and social media that that could be considered a form of censorship.

According to Lipp, the unnamed CPD officer said specifically that his agency was working with Facebook to block users’ by their individual account, IP address or device, such as a cell phone or computer.

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