By Ed Bott | February 12, 2012, 4:40pm PST
Summary: How much privacy do you have on the web? An independent group called PrivacyChoice has undertaken the formidable effort of assigning a numeric score to popular websites, measuring their published policies and how much tracking they allow. The results are eye-opening.
Your privacy takes a beating every time you open your web browser.
But how badly are you being pummeled? An independent group called PrivacyChoice has undertaken the formidable effort of assigning a numeric score, on a scale of 0-100, to help rate the policies and practices of website publishers and the trackers they use to monitor your activities as you move around the web.
That rating, called PrivacyScore, was officially unveiled today. And while it?s fun to look at the individual scores for some of your favorite websites, it?s sobering to consider how poorly behaved most websites are when it comes to your privacy.