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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Advertisers Using Inaudible Sound to Track Your Devices

Beware of Ads That Use Inaudible Sound to Link Your Phone, TV, Tablet, and PC

Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.

Dan Goodin | November 13, 2015

Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to surreptitiously track a person's online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers.
The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

<more at; related links: (Ads Surreptitiously Using Sound to Communicate Across Devices. November 18, 2015) and,news-21816.html (Ads Track Users Across Devices With Inaudible Sound Beacons. November 16, 2015)>

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