Warner Bros Records Sued For Tracking Web Users
Last week, a lawsuit filed in federal court contended that Warner Bros Records website, among other well-known media properties, including Disney and their music site Playlist.com, have been secretly tracking online users, as well as children, by installing ‘Flash cookies’ on their computers, which quicky respawn after their deletion.
The suit filed by attorneys representing a group of minors and their parents alleges that Clearspring Technologies, a creator of widgets that distribute targeted advertising to a number of sites, has facilitated unlawful spying. The company has been accused of monitoring users as they move across multiple websites and aggregating data on video-viewing information, demographics, and even when users accessed the web from different computers.
remember in 2008 when widgets were billed as “the next big thing” ?
After the whole Facebook debacle, I would not be surprised to hear that some people won’t be using the Internet. The makers should have at least offered a disclaimer for those who would be using it.
Warn a brother!
Woah that sucks! But I’m sure glad Hypebot set a cookie on my browser that expires on January 17, 2037!
so playlist.com is owned by disney? when did that happen?
I found a link which explains this correctly:
“The defendants are Clearspring Technologies, the company developing Flash-based technologies and its customers, which include Walt Disney Internet Group, Demand Media, Project Playlist, Soapnet, SodaHead, Ustream and Warner Bros. Records.”
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