Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You

It’s 2015—when we feel sick, fear disease, or have questions about our health, we turn first to the internet. According to the Pew Internet Project, 72 percent of US internet users look up health-related information online. But an astonishing number of the pages we visit to learn about private health concerns—confidentially, we assume—are tracking our queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the same brokers who monitor our credit scores. It’s happening for profit, for an “improved user experience,” and because developers have flocked to “free” plugins and tools provided by data-vacuuming companies.

…WebMD is basically calling up everybody in town and telling them that’s what you’re looking at

Source: Looking Up Symptoms Online?  These Companies Are Tracking You

Not really news.  There was news about Wikipedia being used a while back.

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