Reference : FP-Block: Usable Web Privacy by Controlling Browser Fingerprinting
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FP-Block: Usable Web Privacy by Controlling Browser Fingerprinting
Ferreira Torres, Christof mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) >]
Jonker, Hugo [> >]
Mauw, Sjouke mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)]
Computer Security -- ESORICS 2015
Pernul, Günther
Y A Ryan, Peter
Weippl, Edgar
Springer International Publishing
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
20th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security
from 21-09-2015 to 25-09-2015
[en] Web privacy ; Fingerprinting ; User tracking ; Detection
[en] Online tracking of users is used for benign goals, such as detecting fraudulent logins, but also to invade user privacy. We posit that for non-oppressed users, tracking within one website does not have a substantial negative impact on privacy, while it enables legitimate benefits. In contrast, cross-domain tracking negatively impacts user privacy, while being of little benefit to the user.
Existing methods to counter fingerprint-based tracking treat cross-domain tracking and regular tracking the same. This often results in hampering or disabling desired functionality, such as embedded videos. By distinguishing between regular and cross-domain tracking, more desired functionality can be preserved. We have developed a prototype tool, FP-Block, that counters cross-domain fingerprint-based tracking while still allowing regular tracking. FP-Block ensures that any embedded party will see a different, unrelatable fingerprint for each site on which it is embedded. Thus, the user’s fingerprint can no longer be tracked across the web, while desired functionality is better preserved compared to existing methods.

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