Some Popular Scottish Media Websites That Track You
by Greum Maol Stevenson
Not all websites track you. This one doesn't, and neither does Gerry Hassan's. But here are some that do (information found using Blacklight):
The National has 29 ad trackers, more than four times the average of seven found on popular sites. It also has 12 third-party cookies, four times the average of three. On the bright side, it has no Google Analytics.
The Herald, owned by the same company as The National, is worse, with 35 ad trackers and 14 third-party cookies.
The Scotsman is worse than both of the above combined, with 41 ad trackers and 75 third-party cookies.
Scotland on Sunday, owned by the same company as The Scotsman, has 33 ad trackers and 59 third-party cookies.
Glasgow Live has 34 ad trackers, 66 third-party cookies, and allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.
The Ferret has seven ad trackers, three third-party cookies, and allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.
Bella Caledonia has one ad tracker. But it allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.
Craig Murray's site has one ad tracker and eight third-party cookies.
Wings Over Scotland, aka The Daily McMail, has one ad tracker and three third-party cookies.
Common Weal has one ad tracker.
The Scottish Book Trust's site has four ad trackers, could be monitoring your keystrokes and mouse clicks, allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet, and tells Facebook when you visit the site (though if you use Facebook this is the least of your worries).
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