Interesting... they apparently disagree that their failure to block Google's tracking cookies* is not really tracking, or maybe that Google is not a tracking company, or maybe that Google is not in the advertising or selling-user-data to-advertisers business.
* = Google's persisted tracking cookies include a long unique number assigned to each visitor, and identifies each site visitor, where they came from, and on Google's end can be matched up to everything else that Google knows about that user.
So... maybe I am just to picky. Maybe Google don't track users, and their tracking cookies is not part of FSecure's "untrackably invisible claim". This morning I decided to take FSecure's FreedomeVPN for another 3-minute test just to see how their tracking protection measure up, and if I am maybe just too picky.
This time I decided to simply check if Facebook is able to track me around the web with FreedomeVPN's tracking protection is active. You may have noticed that many sites around the web have embedded Facebook Like boxes.
The Facebook like box shows if you and any of your friends have clicked "like". It comes in a few different shapes and sizes, but whenever it is present on a site, it means that every time you visit that site Facebook will know you did so through the use of their own tracking cookies. This seems like something that I would expect Freedome's "tracking protection" to block.
If Facebook is unable to identify you, the tracking box will state how many people have clicked "like" on the site and show some random profile pictures of people who have clicked like:
If Facebook is able to identify you, the tracking box will show if you at any point have clicked like, and it will show your own profile picture and profile pictures of any of your friends that have done so too, rather than profile pictures of other random Facebook users:
My test today was simple, and as follows. I installed FSecure's FreedomeVPN again (to ensure I had the latest and greatest version installed for the test):