NSA, GCHQ use Google cookies to spy on suspects

Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 15:52

London: The US and UK intelligence agencies use Google`s proprietary cookie technology to track suspects, according to the latest revelations from leaked NSA documents.

The NSA and GCHQ`s use `GooglePrefIDs - files containing a numeric code placed on computers to help the search firm remember users, the BBC reports.

The two agencies piggybacked the files to `home in` on targets already under suspicion.

According to the report, the cookie surveillance technique is the latest in a series of alleged spy agency activities.

Google said it uses `preferences` cookies to enhance people`s use of the internet.

The company explained that these cookies allow its websites to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or look.

According to the report, a document published by the Washington Post suggests the spy agencies also track other types of cookies, but does not specify which.

The NSA added that it was `within its lawful mission to collect foreign intelligence to protect the United States,` the report added.

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