# Why does the site attempt to track my web browsing?

Firefox (64.0) which I always use in private browsing mode and with tracking detection enabled, indicates that tex.stackexchange.com makes attempts to track my web browsing.

edit: this happens whenever I view a question.

Why does the site do that?

Background: I consider the software industry a peril to the humanity ethics, and that big data and the tracking industry are evils to the highest degree, and I am astounded by the general indifference to what is going on nowadawys with this move to the so-called "connected" world they are trying to catch us into accepting without revolt.

I do hope TeX could remain immune to the best possible to these satanic trends of our modern age.

• for some context: this post explains what the different tracking things are used for meta.stackexchange.com/a/263625/237989 – samcarter Dec 28 '18 at 17:25
• @samcarter good to know these details; as I am of course using AdBlockPlus I could have hoped that not being an ad consumer, my browsing could remain private, but alas, that is too much to ask for nowadays. – user4686 Dec 28 '18 at 18:14
• I don't know for sure (using some add blocker myself) but I think there are no adds on tex.se, only on the bigger sites of the network. This makes we wonder if all these trackers are necessary on all sites... – samcarter Dec 28 '18 at 18:18
• @samcarter the answer you link to is basically an answer to my question, and -- to the extent it is still actual -- contains a very interesting piece about "ComScore". Obviously the ethics of this company are questionable (or appear to be so) in the very own views of the Powers, nevertheless they obide to the pressure of the advertising industry and install it on the site. If I was certain all the tracking in question was only to quantify my site visits hence (a priori) ad views, that would be another matter, but as I can't dispel suspicion my browsing at large is sold to tierce parties... – user4686 Dec 28 '18 at 18:41
• The stackexchange is worth millions of dollars, it has to run servers, personnel, pay for energy etc. We users are here free of charge ... the money has to come from somewhere. – Johannes_B Dec 29 '18 at 6:49
• @Johannes_B is it worth millionth of dollars from the contribution to human knowledge it represents or from the fact that it has a big user-base hence advertising targets (for some of its sites)? did it started being worth millions of dollars? would it really cost millions of dollars to sustain tex.sx activity as a forum of questions and answers? – user4686 Dec 29 '18 at 8:13
• Not sure how to answer. Some investment company thingy pumped 50 M Dollars into the network. All this is a big business, to which the users contribute to for free (no pay, but also no charges). – Johannes_B Dec 29 '18 at 9:57
• If you are looking for a non-commercial LaTeX forum -> latex.org (no commercials, no reputation) – Johannes_B Dec 29 '18 at 9:58
• @Johannes_B ok, there is a 2017 dated answer which adds a bit of info to all the others (2011) – user4686 Dec 29 '18 at 10:40
• @samcarter according to this comment ads are toned down for users with > 200 rep but it may be true anyhow that there are no ads on tex.se. This makes my worry about tracking even more pregnant because this and other comments at the question linked to by Johannes indicates that one must not remain naive about what "advertising" really means (to be cont.) – user4686 Dec 29 '18 at 10:55
• @samcarter (cont.) the real, modern, value in advertising is into capturing your behaviour profile and targeting at you tailored ads. In near future, when someone will go to a commercial mall, facial recognition will allow displaying on the corridor walls advertising constructed on the basis of the browsing behaviour of the individual on internet. Are we happy about that future? – user4686 Dec 29 '18 at 10:57
• @Johannes_B ok about latex.org; I think I knew about it but was under impression at some point it was primarily a German language forum, obviously I mixed up with something else. – user4686 Dec 29 '18 at 10:59
• @HenriMenke that's too much information for me to digest, I acted on network.trr.mode which was 0, I set it to 5 but this added a bit to my profile at the NSA. The problem with about:config is that it is lacking tooltips information of the meaning of the value settings. – user4686 Jan 1 at 9:24