Personal data routinely leaked from Obama and Romney websites

Both the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns swear that their websites don’t collect personally identifiable information from visitors, but a new report reveals that neither candidate can really back that claim up.

Responding to the New York Times for an article published just this week, representatives from both presidential contenders say no private information that could reveal their website visitors’ identity is offered to third-parties, with the paper even reporting, “both campaigns emphasize that such data collection is ‘anonymous’” since companies use code numbers — not names — to track site visitors. Jonathan Mayer of the Stanford Center for Internet Society didn’t seem convinced, though, and took it upon himself to investigate the truth.


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