Dec 092010
 
 December 9, 2010  Online, Surveillance

Kashmir Hill writes:

After researchers discovered that a number of popular sites were exploiting a Javascript security flaw to see what other websites their visitors had been to, class action lawyers and the government took notice.

In California, two men filed a lawsuit against YouPorn, the most popular site doing the “history sniffing.” Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. the nation’s primary consumer privacy regulator says it’s snuffing out the sniffing.

At an IAPP privacy seminar on Tuesday, David Vladeck, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that the FTC has been meeting with browser companies to make sure this security bug is squashed.

Read more on Forbes.

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