[gaia e-mail] sanitizing web-bug images?

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Thu Aug 16 06:19:01 UTC 2012


On 16.8.2012 05:22, Andrew Sutherland wrote:
> The answer to the slightly different question of whether it's a good idea to
> fight tracking when the user reads an email is that it's not a good idea and
> an arms war is expected to ensue, at least if adopted at a wide scale.  And
> then I might presume the answer is that nuking the 1x1's (if adopted at a
> wide-scale) is also most likely to just cause explicit 1x1's to disappear,
> thereby increasing network traffic because it's more likely for people to use
> larger tracker images than improve their image serving apparatus that is used
> for the non-tracking bit of the e-mail.

But they don't even need to have bigger pics, they can just remove/change the 
1x1 size attributes and use the same image.

I'd say it's totally ok to drop images known to be 1x1.

  -Magnus



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