Verizon advertising partner Turn has been caught using Verizon Wireless’s UIDH tracking header to resurrect deleted tracking cookies and share them with dozens of major websites and ad networks, forming a vast web of non-consensual online tracking. Explosive research from Stanford security expert Jonathan Mayer shows that, as we warned in November, Verizon’s UIDH header is being used as an undeletable perma-cookie that makes it impossible for customers to meaningfully control their online privacy.
A virtually unchecked and unbound company with near-monopoly status in many US areas doing something scummy? I am so surprised.
As I already mentioned in the article about Cameron and encryption, these kind of things are precisely the reason why the Internet community is moving to all encrypted.
The Internet standards making body, the IETF said, after the Snowden leaks:
“to make encryption the norm for Internet traffic”
The W3C is working on a draft for transitioning the web to HTTPS-only:
The EFF, IdenTrust SSL and Mozilla with sponsering from Cisco and Akamai are making sure HTTPS-certificates are free and easier to install: