May 31, 2006

on one’s turf

Posted in Idioms at 10:18 am by Feng

on one's turf — on one's own territory [see turf]

When you are surfing internet and watching webpages, do you know that the webpages may be watching you at the same time? Someone in my research group sets up a webpage and records the visitors' activities on the page. From the logs, he is able to reel back to any time in the past and replay what happened then, including who visited the webpage, from which domain, the duration of their stay and the links they clicked. This is, perhaps, arguable whether it invades visitors' privacy. Another guy justifies this for him: "He owns the log files. So he's working on his turf." Indeed.

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