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19 Aug 2015

Nikhil Pahwa, Medianama

Privacy: Amobee user tracker found on some tests from Airtel users [India]

A report from human rights organization Access indicates that in some cases, Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel was inserting a “tracking header” in the connections of some users. While the data sample is clearly very small – only four tests from Airtel were confirmed as being tracked by Access over a six month period, it is also dependent on users testing their own connection on Access’ AmIBeingTracked.com tool...

...An Airtel spokesperson sent the following statement in response, which doesn’t address the questions [sent to the company by Medianama]:

“We take customer privacy laws/ rules very seriously and do not track our customers’ journey online. Specifically, we do not use super cookies on our network. Infact – www.amibeingtracked.com, the testing website created by Access, validates this and confirms that the Airtel network does not track its customers’ data.”