happyborg , to Random
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Very worthwhile read on the fallacy, yes fallacy of "if you're not paying, you are the product".

@pluralistic argues that this implies you have some power from paying because you can stop.

But the reality is different: if you are locked in you won't stop so your payments have no leverage. So we can't make companies behave by putting for services.

The key is freedom from lock in, and . That's what would help, not being able to pay for privacy.


jcsamuelson , to LibreWolf
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Decided to test some browser fingerprinting this morning via the Cover Your Tracks tool by @eff. @brave, @librewolf, and (no surprise) @torproject all performed (or appeard to perform) better than @mullvadnet.


jwcph , to Technology
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"The truth is that the ability to build Facebook-like services is relatively common. What was rare was the moral recklessness necessary to go through with it..." 👉 https://mastodon.social/@gyokusai/112301065732034869

I'd only add that in addition to showing certain people certain things to get them to act a certain way, these systems also afford the ability to manage what not to show those people - basically, keeping their bubble tidy.


appassionato , to bookstodon group
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Tor: From the Dark Web to the Future of Privacy by Ben Collier, 2024

A biography of Tor—a cultural and technological history of power, privacy, and global politics at the internet's core.


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  • ZacBelado , to LibreWolf
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    Giving @librewolf a try. I like the idea of a browser specifically hardened against browser fingerprinting and tracking. Runs all of my existing Firefox plugins with no problems

    weirdwriter , to LibreWolf

    I’m trying @librewolf browser and it might seem like a small thing to you all, but they went out of their way to preserve accessibility features for disabled users like myself, whereas other privacy solutions remove accessibility features completely, and their efforts to make sure disabled users have a private focused but accessible browser is more welcome than you can imagine because disabled people need privacy as well. I would argue that disabled people need privacy more. I wish more advocates took accessibility and disability into account the way they have currently. I hope this remains a core mission of theirs

    longobord , to Random
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    Yesterday I started receiving targeted ads based on ebook borrows from my library (San Francisco Public Library). The content of those ads suggested that the targeters were aware of which books I chose to read.


    longobord OP ,
    @longobord@infosec.exchange avatar

    My library uses 3 apps for ebook borrowing and last month I maxed out my use of one, so checked out a fair amount of books from another. I would eliminate Hoopla for that targeted advertising because I would have seen a whole lot more ads by now if they were the culprit.


    longobord OP ,
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    After reviewing the privacy policies of all 3 apps, I find that a deceptively broad interpretation of the Overdrive/Libbyapp privacy policy enables them to share your checkout history with advertisers.


    longobord OP ,
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    Objection to the use of my personal checkout history may seem like a small thing, but it essentializes how oppressive political regimes oppress. I had a friend who lived in the former Soviet Union who explained to me that the most private thing about you is what you read.


    longobord OP ,
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    Public libraries in the US are institutions of not just knowledge, but they form a springboard for critical thought and innovation. They formed an unassailable foundation for knowledge and inquiry. Overdrive is monetizing that and bringing that era to an end.


    nixCraft , to Random
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    So this is what Microsoft is up to now? Sad. It is a pathetic company. Maybe the EU and FTC need to look into this kind of stuff. Trust and Microsoft have no relationship. If you care about your privacy, never use anything built by MS. Use Firefox or other browsers. I don’t use edge or windows but it was posted https://twitter.com/ianzelbo/status/1777450065214271750?s=46 here. I am amused by how they are abusing their power.

    Microsoft nagging users when they try to download other browsers and it says: There's no need to download a new web browser. Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Edge for a fast, secure, and moder experience that can help save you time and money.

    ilumium , to Random
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    Holy shit, I thought I knew how evil the industry was but here we are:

    Two-thirds of European websites just ignore your choice and track you anyways, researchers from found. 🤯


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  • pluralistic , to Random
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    esmie , to consciousliving group
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    kaosailor , to Random
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    I'm still laughing 😂 yet still very incensed..

    libreoffice , to Random
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    Question! Why should local governments use taxpayers’ money to buy proprietary, closed software from a single vendor? And what happens to citizens' data? A solution is to move to free and open source software like and – which is exactly what Schleswig-Holstein is doing: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2024/04/04/german-state-moving-30000-pcs-to-libreoffice/

    eff , to Random
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    “We found that many California law enforcement agencies share this (automated license plate reader) data not just out of state but specifically with agencies in states that ban abortions,” EFF’s Jennifer Pinsof told the San Mateo Daily Journal. https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/license-plate-readers-to-increase-throughout-county/article_3af96c58-f0da-11ee-91f1-8b4e10075b4d.html

    voron ,
    @voron@mstdn.party avatar

    @eff 🤔 so while red states spend millions to ship off migrants to blue states with no warning, in inhumane ways, blue states are sending sneaky data to help red states track women who flee to get abortions?
    So that’s kinda that bipartisanship that works only one way, right?

    PrivacyDigest , to Random
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    Linux , to Random
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    73,000,000 AT&T customers have been compromised.

    Today is not a good day to be an ATT customer.


    JamesBaker , to Random
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    Very saddened to hear that Prof Ross Anderson has passed away. He did so much to campaign and improve our privacy and security.

    rysiek , to Random
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    It just hit me: as shitty and annoying as they are, cookie banners and privacy screens are freaking amazing!

    They are teaching a whole generation of Web users:

    1. never to click on the default button;

    2. to always be suspicious of intentions of anything online.


    spiezmaestro , to Random
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    Dutch Internet Service Provider "Freedom Internet" will block Meta starting this Monday:

    "Freedom has long been bothered by Meta's privacy and advertising policies and will begin blocking Mark Zuckerberg's websites and apps.

    As a result, the apps (and websites) Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Threads will no longer be accessible to Freedom Internet customers.

    Freedom Internet is not blocking the services because Freedom does not begrudge Mark Zuckerberg his new birthday present, but rather because the many billions are being made on the backs of the platforms' users. They pay with their data and privacy, mostly without (having) realized it themselves.

    In addition to the blockade, Freedom Internet's modems will receive an update that will prevent devices within a 50-meter radius (including those of non-Freedom customers) from using Meta's services.

    Starting next Monday, the changes will take effect."


    otl , to Privacy
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    Finally deleted my LinkedIn account!

    After putting my account into "hibernation" for the past few weeks, I finally closed it. But I'm still looking for work. Thankfully I can still find positions (SRE and software dev) by just going directly to the company's site and finding a Jobs page.

    Good luck to everyone else out there looking for work!


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