It’s been quite a while since I last wrote in this blog. So, without really going into the whole “let me tell you what I’ve been doing all this time” I’m going to start by saying if we are even fighting for better privacy.
Why I say that?
So, it all started this morning. It turns out that my desktop’s motherboard finally gave in and died. I’m at work with some spare time so I decided to check the motherboard offers for the (quite old) CPU. Here, I am using the phone’s cellular network. I’m at work, I never even logged in. So, that means Newegg wouldn’t know I’m one of their customers, right? (Also, I have an Android phone)
Nope. After I closed the site, two hours later I get an e-mail saying “hey, have you found the mobo you were looking for?” type of marketing e-mails from Newegg. I’m puzzled by it. How? How did they even identify me? I never logged in. All I did was browse the site anonymously. That’s insane. There’s no way Newegg could have gotten my information since I never started a session.
Is it Chrome (mobile)? Is it Android’s nature to leak information? How did Newegg know I was the visitor?
Things like this is what makes me wonder if we already lost ground on having better privacy. It doesn’t matter where we are, google will find us. Don’t believe me? Think Google Analytics. As long as every webmaster uses it people will be identified easily.
But was it Google Anayltics? Google Chrome? Android? Newegg’s magical machine to know people’s identity?
I wish I knew.