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

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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

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