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October 18, 2006

"HP's Email Tracer in Widespread Use."


A web bug is a technology tool used in email messages to find information. Web bugs are usually sent through emails with a link to an image on a unique web server. Looking up the image, sends information to that server.

HP uses web bugs to track where the email has been and is also used for some investigations. With the help from ReadNotify, an Austrialian company that HP used to help track email messages, information on certain emails have been found.

Now, people are questioning the legality of this technology. HP seems to think it is a legitimate use of their technology, while others think it violates anti-hacking laws. No one knows for sure, however, if using a web bug is in fact violating laws.

HP Article

Posted by shina at October 18, 2006 08:23 AM


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