Web Tracking: Overview and Applicability in Digital Investigations

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Pugliese G
Journal: it - Information Technology
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 57
Journal issue: 6
Pages range: 366–375
ISSN: 1611-2776
eISSN: 2196-7032


Nowadays, website owners, advertisers, and data vendors can draw on a
variety of techniques to track users on the Web. Here, the tracking
range can vary from single websites to long-term browsing sessions
across several websites and devices. Even though they are widely used,
most of these techniques have in common that they are not familiar to
average and even web-minded users. Therefore, most users are not able to
realize the magnitude of web tracking and its consequences, not to
mention to resist tracking. In times of rising concerns about data
protection and privacy, this paper is intended to illustrate how web
tracking works and which standard techniques are commonly used. The
paper also provides an outlook on promising new tracking techniques
based on behavioral biometrics. Furthermore, since browser forensics is
already a subject to digital investigations, the usefulness of tracking
techniques for forensic purposes and their applicability in light of the
principle of proportionality is discussed. Finally, possible
countermeasures and their effectiveness are indicated.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Pugliese, Gaston
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 1 (IT-Sicherheitsinfrastrukturen)

How to cite

Pugliese, G. (2015). Web Tracking: Overview and Applicability in Digital Investigations. it - Information Technology, 57(6), 366–375. https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/itit-2015-0015

Pugliese, Gaston. "Web Tracking: Overview and Applicability in Digital Investigations." it - Information Technology 57.6 (2015): 366–375.


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