NSA, GCHQ use Google cookies to spy on suspects
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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.


First Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 15:52

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