Who Is Tracking Your Email?

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — Most of us open dozens of emails every day, but did you know some of them are likely being tracked?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at who could be tracking you and what they’re doing with the information they get.

Open any email and you could be giving away information without even realizing it thanks to email tracking software.

How does it work? A tiny image linked to a code is embedded in the email. Once the email’s open, the sender knows when, where, how, and even more.

“When you read the email, how long you were reading it, where you were geo located, what kind of computer you’re using, what kind of web browser or email client and if you clicked any hyperlinks downloaded any attachment or even sent that email onto others,” said cyber security expert Gary Miliefsky.

DePaul University computer science professor Jacob…

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