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Privacy: Amobee user tracker found on some tests from Airtel users

A report from human rights organization Access indicates that in some cases, Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel was inserting a "tracking header" in the connections of some users. While the data sample is clearly very small - only four tests from Airtel were confirmed as being tracked by Access over a six month period, it is also dependent on users testing their own connection on Access' AmIBeingTracked.com tool. All in all, 702 tests were conducted from India, of which 418 (59.5%) were inconclusive, 280 were not being tracked (39.8%), and 4 (0.56%) were being tracked. Only 702 (0.39%) of the 180,000 tests included in this report were from India. Clearly, India needs a bigger sample size, and across operators, not just Airtel. You may test your connection here. Access points out that tracking headers are in fact not cookies at all because they…

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