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Towards Transparency in Email Tracking

Maass, Max ; Schwär, Stephan ; Hollick, Matthias (2019)
Towards Transparency in Email Tracking.
Annual Privacy Forum 2019. Rome, Italy (June 7th and 8th, 2019)
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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Towards Transparency in Email Tracking
Language: English
Date: 28 May 2019
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: Springer
Book Title: Privacy Technologies and Policy
Series: LNCS
Series Volume: 11498
Event Title: Annual Privacy Forum 2019
Event Location: Rome, Italy
Event Dates: June 7th and 8th, 2019
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Tracking technologies have become ubiquitous, not only on websites but also in email messages. However, while protection and transparency tools exist for the web, no such tools exist for email messages, thus obscuring privacy violations. We introduce the PrivacyMail platform to assist with the automated analysis of email messages. The platform automatically analyzes commercial mailing lists, making it easier to detect different forms of tracking. Our platform introduces transparency about the practices of companies, and serves as a tool for regulators, data protection professionals and consumers alike. Our preliminary results show widespread email tracking, where opening an email can result in information being sent to up to 13 third parties, in some cases disclosing the users' email address in the process.

Status: Postprint
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-87257
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
DFG-Graduiertenkollegs > Research Training Group 2050 Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 13:52
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 13:33
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/8725
PPN: 449568008
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