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Tracking website data-collection and privacy practices with the iWatch web crawler

TitleTracking website data-collection and privacy practices with the iWatch web crawler
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJensen, C., C. Sarkar, C. Jensen, and C. Potts
Tertiary AuthorsCranor, L F.
Conference NameProceedings of the 3rd symposium on Usable privacy and security - SOUPS '07
Pagination29-40
Date Published07/2007
PublisherACM Press
Conference LocationPittsburgh, PA
ISBN Number9781595938015
Abstract

In this paper we introduce the iWatch web crawler, a tool designed to catalogue and analyze online data practices and the use of privacy related indicators and technologies. Our goal in developing iWatch was to make possible a new type of analysis of trends, the impact of legislation on practices, and geographic and social differences online. In this paper we present preliminary findings from two sets of data collected 15 months apart and analyzed with this tool. Our combined samples included more than 240,000 pages from over 24,000 domains and 47 different countries. In addition to providing useful and needed data on the state of online data practices, we show that iWatch is a promising approach to the study of the web ecosystem.

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DOI10.1145/1280680.1280686