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Can an e-mail cookie track you across the Internet?

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I just read the following on this website dedicated to covering Microsoft Office products, in a discussion of Outlook:


The privacy implications of cookies are well known for browsers but not well appreciated for emails.  With a cookie, a company can track your web usage from the moment you display images in an email.




Correct me if I'm wrong, but I read that as a suggestion that cookies embedded in the e-mail that we get from vendors can enable those vendors to track where we go on the Web.


Is that right, or is it FUD? I find it hard to believe, but am not sure that's it's wrong. Would this apply only to sites you visit that have their ads on them?


I do know that downloading images to an e-mail circular is used to tell the vendor's servers that you've viewed their e-mail ad, but is it the case that it can also help them to follow you around the Web?


Anybody have insight on these questions?





Edited by JorgeA, 19 July 2013 - 07:01 PM.

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It is true if you read the html email that can contain linked image from a remote website thus still using web server to track your usage just like when you open the same web page from a web browser.

There are a lot of other applications doing the same things.

Many other applications doesn't use cookies but also "spy" the times you use their application using the "checking for newer version" feature.




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I don't think it can track your web browsing. They can track if you downloaded the pictures on their email. But that's it I think.


Edit: Oops... This topic is 3 months old... I never noticed that....

Edited by Shayne, 24 October 2013 - 09:58 PM.

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