“Privacy Badger” Wants to Track Advertiors Who Track You

Digital rights organization EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) wants to track advertisers who track users, and help users against tracking without their permission. EFF has launched an extension to help them help Chrome users.

So, how does this extension work? Let’s hear the official version:

This extension is designed to automatically protect your privacy from third party trackers that load invisibly when you browse the web. We send the Do Not Track header with each request, and our extension evaluates the likelihood that you are still being tracked. If the algorithm deems the likelihood is too high, we automatically block your request from being sent to the domain.

Our extension has three states. Red means block the tracker. Yellow means that we don’t send cookies or referers to the tracker. Green means unblocked (probably because the third party does not appear to be tracking you). You can click on the Privacy Badger icon in your browser’s toolbar if you wish to override the automatic blocking settings. Or, you can browse in peace as Privacy Badger starts finding and eating up web trackers one by one.

The extension is still in beta, so expect some issues on the go, but if you want to try this one out, you can download it from here.

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