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Here you’ll find some of our thoughts & musings on on-line advertising, privacy, surveillance, etc. in the digital age.

Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking

Google has reversed an earlier made promise on privacy and will now allow personally identifiable web tracking: We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google services — for example to make it easier to share things with people you know. […] Depending on your account settings, your … Continue reading “Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking”

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The fallacy of “personalized advertising”

When peddlers of on-line advertising talk about their product, they hail ‘personalized advertising’ as a good thing, something you should actively want because, so they claim, “it is relevant content”. But if you think carefully about it, you soon realize that this framing of the situation starts from an incorrect premise, namely that it is … Continue reading “The fallacy of “personalized advertising””

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Advertisers know exactly who you are… the data is NOT anonymized

Advertisers know who you are, where you go, when you go there and how much time you spend where you are: Advertisers will be able to upload email lists to target customers and similar audiences with ads on search, Gmail and YouTube. This shows, yet again, that the claims about the data being anonymized, are … Continue reading “Advertisers know exactly who you are… the data is NOT anonymized”

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Power in the Age of the Feudal Internet

While this article is already a couple years old, someone recently reminded us about it. The Internet started out as a way to build resilient systems: systems that could deal with black-outs or the disappearing of a server. And if one went down, we’d just prop up another one. When ‘Cloud’ was the newest buzz-word, … Continue reading “Power in the Age of the Feudal Internet”

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Advertising networks are delivery mechanisms for malware

The Register published an article on how advertising networks used by major and popular sites are (yet once more) being hijacked by malware peddlers. IvyDNS eliminates this attack vector and keeps you safe when you are online. It’s just another reason to no longer treat advertising as ‘harmless’ or ‘a minor nuisance’: allowing content from … Continue reading “Advertising networks are delivery mechanisms for malware”

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Web-of-Trust add-on caught selling out its users

The Web-of-Trust (WoT) add-on for Firefox and/or Chrome has been removed from the add-on repositories for Firefox and Chrome. Some excellent sleuthing(*) by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk revealed that the WoT add-on was selling data which can uniquely identify its users to other parties, without ever asking for consent for this, let alone in a clear … Continue reading “Web-of-Trust add-on caught selling out its users”

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The guiding principle of the big web-players

The guiding principle of the big web-players, like Facebook, Google, and others, is that the value provided to the users is vastly less than the value of the data that they accumulate on said users.

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Surveillance is creepy

A person in an unmarked car following your every move and watching you 24/7 is considered creepy or requires a warrant, but replace this with an ever-expanding army of all-seeing machines who pry into everything you do on-line and everyone thinks that this is just dandy. These all-seeing machines are obviously the tracking pixels, scripts, the browser-fingerprinting, the … Continue reading “Surveillance is creepy”

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Windows 10 “telemetry” blatantly disregards your choice and your privacy

With Windows 10, Microsoft blatantly disregards user choice & privacy. That’s not (just) us saying this, these are the good folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Head over to the EFF’s page for the full article, which is most definitely a worthwhile read. The amount of data that Windows 10 ‘telemetry’ sends back to … Continue reading “Windows 10 “telemetry” blatantly disregards your choice and your privacy”

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On-line advertising is theft of your security

Advertising networks like Google AdSense, DoubleClick, Bing Ads and many others have a huge reach and that makes them very interesting to anyone trying to spread malware. Many mainstream sites give these networks real estate on their pages. When you visit your favorite site, which serves ads from such a network, in effect this network … Continue reading “On-line advertising is theft of your security”

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