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Technology News

iOS Review


TechCrunch is technology-news site owned by AOL. They use many advertising and behavioral trackers, along with other trackers that AOL acquired over the years.

We did not test to see if TechCrunch's paid "Extra Crunch" subscription removes any ads or tracking.

TechCrunch's Privacy Rating is D. We found 13 different third-party trackers in the TechCrunch app, and there were 87 attempted tracking connections detected during our test.

Testing Results

Blocked tracking attempts.

How was tracker testing done?

Tested using Lockdown v0.4.0

What was done during the test?

87 total tracking attempts in ~5 minutes of tapping around a few articles in the app and adding a few news preferences.

How many tracking attempts each time the app is opened?

8 new tracking attempts each time the app is opened.

Did user give consent to tracking before tracking started?


Personal Data Collected
❗️ Notification
Trackers Found
Facebook Pixel



Measure Ad Performance

Privacy Policy: Anything present in HTTP headers - IP addresses, information about the web browser, page location, document, referrer and person using the website, Pixel ID and the Facebook Cookie, any buttons clicked by site visitors, the labels of those buttons and any pages visited as a result of the button clicks, Developers and marketers can optionally choose to send additional information, website field names like ‘email’, ‘address’, ‘quantity’ for when you purchase a product or service

Google Ads


Smarter Marketing, Better Results

Privacy Policy: Owned by Google, so same as Google's Privacy Policy. Personal information, email address, apps, browsers, devices, unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, and too much more to fit here.

Google Analytics



Measure Advertising ROI

Privacy Policy: Owned by Google, so same as Google's Privacy Policy. Personal information, email address, apps, browsers, devices, unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, and too much more to fit here.

Flurry by Verizon


App Growth Analytics

Privacy Policy redirects to Verizon's Privacy Policy: device IDs, cookies, and other signals, including information obtained from third parties, to associate accounts and/or devices with you, comments, photos, voice inputs, videos, emails, messaging services and attachments. Verizon Media analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services. Also, location information is collected.



Global Market Research

Privacy Policy: online web browsing activities, television viewing behavior (such as programs that you watch and record, your usage of your set-top box, your consumption of on-demand programming and over-the-top content, and your usage of interactive television applications), interests, your use of credit, and usage of applications, social media platforms, and your mobile device(s).

New Relic


Performance Tracking

Collection of Customer Data (a.k.a. Performance Data). Customer may use the Services to send New Relic data, such as: (i) when our software (e.g. agents, software development kits (SDKs), etc.) is deployed in our customers' applications, websites, and infrastructure, (ii) from synthetic monitors (which simulate transactions and actions carried out by users) or cloud integration, or (iii) when sent to our data collection systems (e.g. application programming interface (API), which allows the transmission of data between applications) for processing, which is made available in customer’s account (“Customer Data”). “Systems Operations Data” is data that relates to the use and operation of our Services and the systems and networks these Services run on, and includes log files, event files, and other trace and diagnostic files, as well as statistical, aggregated data, and Personal Data (such as user name, user ID, etc.).

Moat Ads



Ad Intelligence

Privacy Policy redirects to Oracle's Privacy Policy.



Native Advertising

Privacy Policy: User Information that we collect includes, but is not limited to, Information about a User’s device and operating system, IP address, the web pages accessed by Users within our Customers’ websites, the link that led a User to a Customer's website, the dates and times a User accesses a Customers' website, event information (e.g., system crashes), general location information (e.g., city and state), hashed email addresses (when made available by the User), and gender (when made available by the User).



Market Research

Privacy Policy: online identifiers (e.g., cookie identifiers, other hardware or device identifiers, and IP addresses), and Internet or other electronic network activity including information about your browsing history, operating system, browser type, website preferences, your use of website or application (e.g., time accessed, duration of visit, etc.).



Content Analytics

Unable to find Privacy Policy for this tracking product. If you find it somewhere, let us know.



Digital Advertising

Privacy Policy: When you use our services or view content provided by us and/or websites that utilize our services, we automatically collect and store certain data in server logs. This includes: details of how you used our service (for example: ads you viewed and/or clicked, pages you viewed, and for how long you viewed them). Internet protocol (IP) address. device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, and referral URL. cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. Device information We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information). Location information When you use our services, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We use your IP address to determine your location, and do not attempt to establish your location with greater precision than the city-level. Third-party information We may receive information about you and your activities from third-party partners, such as information from a partner when we jointly offer services or from an advertiser about your experiences or interactions with them. This information is only used in conjunction with our services for purposes that the third-party outlined with you when they collected it. Unique application identifier Certain services include a unique application identifier. This identifier, and information about your installation (for example, the operating system type and application version number), may be sent to us when that service periodically contacts our servers. Cookies and similar technologies We and our partners use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit, and this may include using cookies or similar technologies to identify your browser or device. We also use these technologies to collect and store information when you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as advertising services or Polar features that may appear on other sites. This information may be linked with information about visits to multiple sites.



Programmatic Video Exchange

Privacy Policy is same as Verizon Media's because it's owned by AOL, which is owned by Verizon. Various data collected summarized as "We collect and receive information about you and your device when you give it to us directly, when you use our services across your devices, and from certain third-party sources." on





Fuel Conversion

Privacy Policy: There is no specific section on "What Data Is Collected", but they claim that "We act as data processors on behalf of the Publishers. Publishers use Piano to enhance their services provided to you." with no specific description of examples of this data.

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