Track your trackers using Collusion by TechLegacy


									             Track your trackers with Collusion
Mozilla, creator of Firefox, has launched a new add-on for its browser that
allows users to have a view of which websites are “watching” them online as
they browse every day. Collusion, is an official Mozilla Firefox add-on
developed by Atul Varma. Add-on was unveiled at the Technology,
Entertainment and Design conference this week by Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs.

Mozilla’s Firefox is the second most popular web browser in the world which
is under a heavy competition with Google’s Chrome browser. Collusion add-
on by Mozilla was released on the same week Google started with its new
privacy policy.

Google's privacy policy allows it to "streamline" data from Android phones,
YouTube, Gmail and web browsing to target its adverts even more precisely
towards individual web users. Google’s privacy policy is made to provide
more data for Google’s advertising business despite the fact that the using of
private data is illegal in many countries.
Collusion displays in real-time what sites are tracking you and how they link
to other sides. Once Collusion is installed, on hitting the Collusion icon, it will
open a new tab displaying how the sites you opened currently are being
tracked by the various websites.

According to the Collusion site:
"Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the
third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show,
in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between
companies and other trackers."

Getting started
After you've installed Collusion from Mozilla's Firefox add-ons gallery you
have to enable it by clicking on Tools>Add-ons>Extensions and then click
"Enable" next to Collusion. After that you should see a small red circle on the
bottom right of your browser.

Now, just start browsing the Web as you normally would. To see the tracking
graph build up, click on the Collusion icon in the bottom right of your screen.
This will open a separate browser tab with your Collusion graph.
The glowing circles represent sites you have visited and each line growing
out of that circle is attached to a cookie the site or its advertisers have
placed on your browser.

Red circles are behavioral tracking cookies, and gray circles represent non-
behavioral tracking cookies. But, Mozilla says, those gray sites may still be
tracking you across the web.

Just hover over any of the sites you've visited and Collusion will highlight
only the cookies connected with that site. As you browse, the graph is
instantly updated and will continue to expand.
Mozilla plans to build a database of offenders and make data available to
privacy campaigners. With the full version of Collusion, users can opt-in to
sharing your anonymous data in a global database of web tracker data. The
data is to help researchers, journalists and others analyze and explain how
data is tracked on the web.

Mozilla is among several companies that have become very focused on
implementing do-not-track technology. Another Firefox and internet explorer
add-on TrackerBlock lets you to block companies tracking you on the

When the same sites rely on the same tracking cookies, advertisers are able
to effectively track users across the sites they visit building up valuable data
for market research.
Mozilla says that all tracking data Collusion collects is stored locally on your
computer and never leaves your possession. You can reset the graph at any
time to delete Collusion's database.

The add-on also features an export function. The smaller tracking sites will
detect if you have that add-on installed and asks you to stop the add-on for
that particular site.

Tracking is the only way a site can make a living off the content that they
produce. It would be great to make it easy for a website creator to be
transparent .

We hope the future will lead to an entirely different business model for the
web where these sites that deliver really good content can still make money,
users still get content, and user privacy is preserved.

Read more @

To top