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Try it. Block all gooogle IPs, subsidiaries, libraries, & so-called ‘free services.’ Venture further to co’s they invest in like HTC, MagicLeap, etc. Things won't look right, not load, not allow you access, no notifications, nada etc. This is why is important. is a monopoly bc there is no way to not give them your personal information when wanting to surf the www safely without being ’ed by them.

Surprise surprise 😱

"Google has been accused of breaking promises to patients, after the company announced it would be moving a healthcare-focused subsidiary, DeepMind Health, into the main arm of the organisation." (via @jcbrand )

Reminder that patients did not even give consent to this data going to Google in the first place:

Google has no problem breaking privacy promises. They cannot be trusted.

#DeleteGoogle #BreakUpGoogle #Privacy

Weird Gmail bug: "You can force an email to enter someone’s Gmail Inbox, Sent folder, and in:sent filter by adding their own email to the From field’s name area (the part in quotes)" #phishing

National Facial Recognition Database To Use Loyalty Rewards To Identify American Shoppers

Not to mention GDPR requests for consent, which frequently use dark UI patterns to make it obtusely difficult to opt out of tracking and advertising cookies.

Happy with being tracked? Sure, just click this "Accept" button.

Don't want to be tracked? Here, uncheck these 412 checkboxes by hand listing everywhere we might sell your data to.

... Seriously? Watch as I close this tab and never revisit your site.

Same goes for hiding content under "please don't ad-block" dialogs. Leave. Me. Alone.

“A shocking new study produced by Brown University finds that between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed during America’s Post-9/11 Wars. The study examined the three "war on terror" conflicts of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan — the latter an extension of the Afghan war and focus of US drone attacks. “

Here's China's Massive Plan To Retool The Web - Controlling ideas online has thus always been viewed as a vital, even natural, duty of the Chinese state. Unity must be maintained; harmful ideas must be stamped out. Yuan Zhifa, a former senior govt propagandist, described this philosophy in 2007: “The things of the world must have cadence,” he explained. Subtly different from “censorship,” “cadence” means managing the “correct guidance of public opinion.”

‘Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia’

The BBC will be releasing this short BBC Ideas piece tomorrow morning but you get a sneak peek because you’re on the fediverse ;)

PS. Note to self: learn to stare less intensely at the camera and blink more.

Firefox is removing RSS features, but defaults to allowing third-party cookies.

Firefox, your priorities are wrong.

Remove the old RSS code, make it new. Block third-party cookies.

Or drop RSS like it was gopher+, and block third-party cookies.

Or ignore everything I've said and block third-party cookies.

User data collection by Huawei disguised with fancy words

(submitted by seapunk)

Presented without comment.

AnTuTu Benchmark requires you to share your location just after you click on "Don't collect any data"

The free libre open source analytics software Matomo (formerly known as Piwik) is now on the fediverse:


They also have a website:

The software costs nothing if you self-host, and they also offer a paid hosted option for people who prefer it.

Unlike Google Analytics, Matomo's data stays entirely on the site that uses it. No one else has access to it, so there's no way for it to be aggregated across many sites.

#DeleteGoogle #Analytics #Matomo #Piwik #FLOSS

@Privacy I saw something like that coming when Alexa was first announced. If you value your privacy, better don't bring such a can home in the first place. Neither their counter-parts from G or A.

I wouldn't willingly enter a house where one of them sits (well, at least not without screaming right from the door: "Alexa, order 100 cans ravioli" – and more, to force the owner to shut it down (or throw me out)).

....From the people who brought you "we're not accountable because you got censored by a bot"
"Droned by algorithms"
"Fired by AI"
Lawyers found a new legal loophole: do illegal things, avoid lawsuit by blaming "THE COMPUTER !!"

Seems likely the Facebook hack was a precursor to follow-up hacks, wherein the stolen personal info is used as fodder for spear-phishing and identity theft. We could be feeling the effects of this for years.

@Liberapay So we won't see anything more privacy-friendly then the two? Many of us who have setup Liberapay to support our FOSS projects have strong objections towards Paypal. And from what I've heard so far, Stripe isn't really that much better.

I know it's not your fault that Mangopay closed its doors on you. But the current situation is quite disappointing. Refusing the two, many of us cannot receive funding via Liberapay now.

Not exactly about the GDPR but certainly privacy-related. A little thing I wrote because I find needing to explain "hacking" to people often enough.

(full disclosure, my blog uses self hosted piwik analytics and honors Do Not Track. I just like to know how many visitors I have and I do not share data with anybody)

Little did I know that it gets worse. Look at that save button.

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