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Is it Google Tracking or... ????

Akhilesh Trivedi
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Suprised I am at my gmail inbox... the side links section today had my phone number right there.



Shows my mobile number and the URL to track DHL package link is something like this...

http://www.dhl.com/publish/g0/en/eshipping/track.high.html?pageToInclude=RESULTS&type=trackindex&brand=DHL&AWB=XXXXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXXX being my mobile number.

Simply wondering what is all this...


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Akhilesh,
Was your phone # in the e-mail? Gmail scans your e-mail for keywords and uses them for ads, etc.


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Akhilesh Trivedi
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Originally posted by Jeanne Boyarsky:
Akhilesh,
Was your phone # in the e-mail? Gmail scans your e-mail for keywords and uses them for ads, etc.


There was an alert mail from a job portal, that way it should have been linked with google ads. But is it ok to play around with this information and compose query strings of the urls? I wonder for no reason DHL or other services could have my name and phone number mapped ! !!!
[ May 29, 2008: Message edited by: Akhilesh Trivedi ]
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Originally posted by Akhilesh Trivedi:
But is it ok to play around with this information and compose query strings of the urls?

It's in Google's terms of service that they can. So you (any many other people) agreed to it. Personally, I don't think it is a big deal. I'm the only one who sees the link and I already know that information.
 
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