The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) embeds tracking software in its emails to monitor the online activity of Capitol Hill staffers, an aide told The Daily Caller after receiving a warning sent to congressional offices.
The nonprofit civil liberties group uses a software system called “Capwiz” to insert cookies onto the computers of Capitol Hill staffers who click on links in the emails, multiple Capitol Hill offices recently discovered.
Ironically, the ACLU actually puts surveillance software into its emails campaigning against government surveillance.
The ACLU offers attached “vote recommendations” in its campaign emails to congressional staff, and inserts secretive tracking links in the recommendations. When staffers click on these links, the staffers are briefly redirected to a link that installs tracking “cookies” on the staffers computer. Once the staffers are infected with the cookies, the ACLU can personally identify each of them every time they click on a link in an ACLU email henceforth.
The ACLU’s method is similar to the practice of “spearfishing,” a tactic employed by the Chinese military. Read More: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/15/exclusive-aclu-uses-tracking-software-to-monitor-capitol-hill-staffers/