Ugly Email Lets You Find Out Emails That Are Tracking You
We live in a world where maintaining privacy is really big and at the same time it is being invaded in so many ways that most of us don’t even know when, where and how they get tagged and tracked for specific pieces of information on you and what you do in your personal as well as professional life.
I for one would never be comfortable with that; however there are issues in the market that makes such practices a norm. For instance, Apple tracks you through numerous features especially Siri and the one we are talking about now, the one where Google lets advertisers take help from multiple companies that track your activity over your email addresses.
Streak, Yeswear and Bananatag are some of the many companies that offer such serices; and to the surprise of many laymen, it is something that Google itself helps the advertisers with – they even have official guidelines for it.
One guy, Sonny Tulyaganov found out about it and decided to do something – he ended up creating Ugly Email, a Google Chrome extension that almost does the same to companies like Streak.
By using the extension, you are able to find out which ones of the emails in your inbox are using the tracking services to find out about you.
Tulyaganov was recently talking to Wired where he explained how and why he developed Ugly Email extension:
[Streak] allowed users track emails, see when, where and what device were used to view email. I tried it out and found it very disturbing, so decided to see who is actually tracking emails in my inbox.
If you go to the Google Chrome Web Store you will find the extension all prepped up for download and helping you find out who and when tracks you through emails.
Here’s an excerpt from the page explaining how it works by seamlessly integrating with your Gmail:
Ugly Email is a Gmail extension that allows you to see if the email is being tracked before opening it. It seamlessly integrates with Gmail. Currently the plugin detects tracking pixels from Streak, Yesware and Bananatag. Actively working on adding more.
So, are you going to use it?