New Research Proves Most Government Websites Are Filled With Third-Party Tracking Cookies / Digital Information World
One of the hottest debates in the digital world is about privacy issues and a new report proves that government websites are not the place to avoid tracking.
On average, the report’s findings showed that more than 50% of government-owned websites were filled with tracking cookies and those that arise under the wing of the GDPR are certainly no exception.
The news comes to us from a study conducted by IMDEA which is a leading research center based in Spain. This proved that nearly 5,500 state-owned sites from various G20 countries had a common conclusion.
Moreover, it was even more alarming to learn that approximately 90% of visitors who were able to access the sites had been authorized to be tracked via these cookies. And with 50% of them linked to third-party cookies, it doesn’t get any worse than that.
It just shows how the cookies had been placed there for one person. And in case you haven’t guessed yet, it’s related to the harvesting of data belonging to site visitors. And over 90% came from some of the most renowned third-party tracking agencies.
So what does IMDEA have to say about this audacious behavior? Well, no site should be allowed to serve cookies to visitors, to begin with. Also, they need user consent before doing so.
He added how such practices succeeded in ruining the trust of so many citizens that they had in the government of their country. At the same time, we see large-scale surveillance taking center stage. It comes with an added headache of being monitored and tracked.
The fact that the practice is taking place via third parties is simply appalling, as it proves how poor the design of the website was, to begin with. This relates to how it receives support from external bodies whose main purpose is to analyze the interactions between common members of the public and the government.
Another important point to consider is the number of practices sought like GDPR for better protection by the government. But if they are the ones engaging in such tracking behavior, how can they even think of holding others accountable.
The actual source of the cookies has been described as media content from various social platforms and areas integrated into the website.
Russia was the worst of the lot while Japan and India had the lowest score.
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