not in ohio
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Re: Association of Parasites upset about 'do-not-track' default
said by mysec:I've no idea how the big boys do it, but if I wanted to, here's what I'd try:
how can a profile for my computer be built and used for tracking?
1. Take a bunch of whatever relatively fixed data points I can find out about your machine from a web page. (Any ids I can find, disk size, blah blah).
2. Boil 'em down to a signature.
3. Store the signature on a central server somewhere.
4. Now anyone else that uses dave's fingerprint service can identify you.
That would be quite an impressive feat!
However, all the articles I've read stress the cookie. Here's an interesting one: the "policital cookie":
Campaigns to Track Voters with "Political Cookies"
Using so-called browser cookies, advertisers can track a given Web surfers' habits and serve them relevant ads.
This election year, a related type of targeted ads-one relying on "political cookies"-is coming into widespread use.
Most major campaigns this year will use cookie-based political advertising, says John Phillips, CEO of Aristotle International, which sells voter records combined with information like people's hobbies and income brackets.