Digital fingerprint definition
A digital fingerprint is a unique digital identifier containing information about the user’s browser and the device they use to access a site in question. Companies use digital fingerprinting to identify and track internet users. However, digital fingerprints take customer tracking a step further because they allow organizations to track users without the need for cookie consent.
How digital fingerprints work
- When a user visits a website, the fingerprinting software accesses the information about the user’s browser setup and the device in use.
- Instead of seeing one single identifier, the script can measure several browser characteristics when the user visits the website, such as the font and size, preference settings, or bookmarks.
- This data is processed, hashed, and sent to the server.
Digital fingerprinting cons
- Digital fingerprints are saved server side, so users can’t block them without going through several complex steps.
- Digital fingerprints may contain enough information to identify a user, posing serious privacy issues.