And right now, websites can implement browser fingerprinting without user consent or knowledge, said Seth Schoen, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"We might not object to a financial site using these techniques to reduce fraud," Schoen said, "but that doesn't necessarily mean the technique should exist or that browsers shouldn't take measures to reduce distinctiveness. It's a problem when people can be tracked without their knowledge in a way that doesn't let them take measures to control tracking."

Monday, April 5, 2010
Computing Now - IEEE