[PLUG-TALK] Any decent banks without third party trackers?

Denis Heidtmann denis.heidtmann at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 15:06:43 PST 2018

Due to my complete lack of understanding how browsers and tracking works, I
wonder:  how is it possible to log onto a bank's site and not have your
activity there being kept track of?  Or are you just insuring that your
browser has no record of it?  And Tomas, what identification information do
you believe is sent along with the banking activity?  What legal limits are
there on the type of identification information that the bank can provide
to others?  And how did you become aware of the 3 trackers?


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM, Paul Heinlein <heinlein at madboa.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 20 Jan 2018, Tomas Kuchta wrote:
> Can anyone recommend decent bank operating in PDX and does not use third
>> party trackers inside logged-in web banking session? I am asking here,
>> because anybody else I asked around responded - what's tracker; no way
>> banks could do that; ...
>> I am currently with First Tech and they recently started to use 3
>> trackers sending any banking activity to Google, Ensighteen and New Relic.
>> Bank of America is also sending logged-in banking activity to Google and
>> someone else ...
> In the grand PLUG tradition, I'll answer a question you didn't ask: How to
> I minimize exposure of commercial web activity?
> My answer is that all such activity gets done in a Chrome "incognito"
> window. I close all other Chrome windows, open an incognito window,
> transact my business, and then close Chrome. In true fact, I reserve Chrome
> exclusively for this sort of work, using Firefox and Safari for day-to-day
> browsing.
> Again, that doesn't answer your question -- but it was easier for me to
> arrange browser usage than it would be to change financial institutions.
> --
> Paul Heinlein
> heinlein at madboa.com
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