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    Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    It seems like every website I visit these days wants to set a "test cookie" from "doubleclick.net".
    I always assumed this was some sort of commercial tracking device, but today I find the UK Inland Revenue website is doing the same.
    I also have an idea that it is something Ad-Aware cleans up, but as I tend not to accept them I can't be sure.

    Anyone knowledgeable care to put me straight on this?

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    To the best of my knowledge, DoubleClick are a commercial tracking advertisingy sort of place - I believe they are one of the biggest net outfits in commercial tracking. Don't ask me how I know - I read it somwhere a long time ago.

    Why the Inland Revenue would want it is anybody's guess, but I guess it's an easy way of buying in site tracking that most people won't take the trouble to avoid.

    I use AdSubtract to block cookies and remove adverts automatically - it gives me hassle sometimes when bits of sites don't work, but in the long run it's worth every penny I paid for it (which wasn't a lot). Viewing the stats is frightening, sometimes - ft.com and zdnet.co.uk being two of the worst offenders that I visit!

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    Go to http://www.doubleclick.com/us/ and you will find more than you would want.

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    I have *.doubleclick.net in my restricted sites list, and all is well. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    Why are the obvious things so difficult to spot? Brilliant idea <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Thanks to all, they appear relatively benign but nonetheless remain unwelcome.

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    Call it overkill, but in addition to having doubleclick in the restricted zone, I specifically blocked it in IE's Privacy settings as well. Furthermore, I have it in Proxomitron's kill lists, and Outpost's (firewall) blocked lists. I'm kind of sketchy on details, but when Doubleclick makes it into the legal news and is forced to dump improperly collected personal data, I want nothing from this company to ever make it onto my computer. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Who are 'Doubleclick.net'? (Any)

    Or you might want to go to DoubleClick Legal Problems for an interesting Reuters news story.

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