New Jersey: Princeton University experts have said that hundreds of companies are recording each of the words typed by every visitor on their website. 482 Institutions are Recording Every Letter You Typed.
The number of these companies is more than 480, which is recording every ‘key’ typed by a process ‘session replay’. Through this session replay, websites try to find out what types of products users find on their website, but not all users are aware of it, and this action of the companies without their users’ permission are raising many questions regarding legacy.
482 Institutions are Recording Every Letter You Typed
According to a survey conducted by the Princeton University, the running scripts and software on these websites are noting each key pressed on the keyboard, mouse movements and scrolling processes, and all these details are being sent on some third-party server.
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Through Third-party replay scripts, user-friendly information, such as medical records, credit card details and other personal information, are going to an unknown third party, which can be used to identify identity, do online fraud and perform other prohibited actions.
Princeton University experts have said that the soft wares being used include Phil Story, Session Cam, Click Tail, Smart Link, User Replay, Hot Jar, and Yandex. Experts have said that out of such 50,000 sites, 482 are using this software.
Famous institutions using these soft wares include British newspaper Telegraph, Sambal, Reuters, CBS News and others.
Paul Edwin, head of the Security firm TripWire, says the first question is that it is completely illegal to record ‘keystroke’ of people without notice. If this website does not inform its users of recording the key click record then it is a very wrong process, which will be called dishonesty and then this information is being given to other organizations, which is another defaced action.