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gmail is evil – sends mouse movements back to mothership

July 24th, 2009

I was playing around with the Tamper Data plugin for firefox which lets you monitor traffic while loading webpages. I was playing around on gmail and quickly noticed somthing which I thought was a bit disturbing. It seems that gmail monitors where your mouse is and if the gmail window is in focus or not — and constantly is sending state changes back to google. I suppose that by using google, you agree to some level of monitoring for targeted advertising — but monitoring where I mover the mouse and how often I have gmail in the foreground seems a bit totally creapy. All a bit too big brother if you ask me.




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  1. | #1

    Would you be willing to present this at 090909? Very surprising. How do they send mouse position?

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    | #2

    I didn’t dig into all that was being sent, just surprised at the wealth of information that is being sent. And the findings don’t seem really relevant to new media..

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