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Media & Auto Industry Worst For Sharing Your Info To 3rd Party Online "Trackers'

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C&O Motors St Albans WV

This automobile sales company is one of, if not the largest in West Virginia. Located in Saint Albans, they have approximately 6 dealerships ranging from Chevrolet to Lexus. Accessing their main website only exposed 3 outside companies obtaining info from their mainpage.,, and Choosing to enter the Chevrolet dealership website linked out information to an additional 14-web company sites. Including,,,,,, and

Entering the Lexus section of C&O Motors raised the number to 25 companies accessing and or receiving our information. By the time we accessed all 6 dealerships, 74 third-party companies were involved. After you've visited about four or five sites, the graph tends to get really confusing, and it's hard to tell which advertisers are connected with which sites. To cut down on the confusion just hover over any of the sites you've visited, and Collusion will highlight only the cookies connected with that site.

There is nothing openly visible on C&O's website notifying or stating that third-party trackers could be gathering your information.

In closing

Companies with the most third-party trackers are selling a service and or product to the public. Basic utility companies we searched only had 2 to 3 tracking companies, while cell phone providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint had an average of 23.To be fair, we also used the Collusion program on our own news blog website at & On both websites there were only 2 tracking companies listed. One was and the other Both are the companies who provide our Internet websites.

But keep in mind, we have no advertising or sales on our websites, and we have declined offers from third-party trackers and advertising companies asking to do so.

Most Americans are now on the Internet for one reason or another. Also, most are not aware of the backdoor tracking by these ghost companies who are gathering information as you are online visiting different websites. They have obtained permission from the primary website operator (Charleston Newspaper, WCHS and C&O) to gather your information. We could not confirm whether these trackers pay a fee to the hosting companies to be able to obtain your information from that website.

Bottom line is this "If you're not paying for something and you're not the customer, then you're the product being sold."

End of Story"

Jack Swint-Publisher
West Virginia News
Twitter: @WVNewsOnline
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I am the publisher of an online news website and blog covering local, state and national news since 2007. Author of 4 cold-case murder books in the "Who Killed?" series published by Rooftop Publishing Company. Retired from mainstream media in 2007 (more...)
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Personally, I was never aware of how companies all... by Jack Swint on Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 11:02:21 AM