This is so annoying and so impossible to change that we all just become inured and resigned to it.
"AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, says it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.
The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users' identities based on their browsing habits."
So cell phone companies, who we pay dearly for the use of our phones, have put in super cookies which track what we do online with our mobile devices. They then pass this info onto companies. What about Verizon?
"Verizon Wireless, the country's largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as "super cookies. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes."
Well good for Sprint and T-Mobile...if you can believe this.
But oh, Verizon is playing favorites. If you have a government or business phone these codes are not included. As for us average Joes, well, we're tracked all over the place.