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‘State websites are aiding a disgraceful silent surveillance’

“Of ‘special concern‘ is that, by cross-referencing such data to the vast trove of personally-identifying information Google also holds from services like Gmail, Android apps, and Search, Google can ‘easily associate web activity with the identities of real people’, the report warns.”

irishtimes.com/business/techno

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/state-websites-

💙 New blocking rules! On 20th March 2019, Laura blocked more first-party targeted ads on two sites, fixed two sites, and blocked one new tracker.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news

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‘Trading privacy for survival is another tax on the poor’

“Personal data is used to deny low-income people access to resources or opportunities, but it’s also used to target them with predatory marketing for payday loans or even straight-up scams.”

fastcompany.com/90317495/anoth

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/trading-privacy

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‘Tech giants do not face enough competition, new report says’

privacyinternational.org/news/

“As for forcing the big companies to provide access to their customers' data troves to other companies, we urge significant caution. Personal data is not just any other economic asset. Privacy and the protection of personal data are fundamental human rights.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/tech-giants-do-

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I’ll be live on Al Jazeera at 10:30 GMT to talk about single points of failure in surveillance capitalism and how the UK’s “competition rules” for Facebook, etc., that would further legitimise the concept that you are/your data is property are the wrong approach.

Watch live online at aljazeera.com/live/

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‘Why beating your phone addiction may come at a cost’

“as this burgeoning movement becomes an industry, some worry that the “wellness” approach and its emphasis on personal responsibility is whitewashing deeper structural issues within the tech industry.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/why-beating-you

@julianruf this should be fixed now (released an update yesterday evening.) Please let me know if you notice any more issues, and thanks for the report ☺️ —LK

💙 New blocking rules! On 13th March 2019, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, and fixed two sites.

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‘Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy’

“But can Facebook reform its 15-year legacy as devourer of all things private with a single sweeping, underedited screed from its copycat visionary and dark-pattern technocrat?

Fuck no, of course it can’t.”

techcrunch.com/2019/03/06/mark

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/mark-zuckerberg

@julianruf thanks for letting us know! hm, strange.

Must be some iffy dev going on, because I can’t think why the styles would be broken by what I blocked yesterday. I’ll look into it! Thanks! —Laura

💙 New blocking rules! On 6th March 2019, Laura blocked two blocker blockers, fixed one site, and blocked seven new trackers.

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better.fyi/news/

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‘Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information’

“Apart from the dangers of merely collecting and storing all that data, detailed (and often erroneous) consumer profiles can lead to race or income-based discrimination, in a high-tech version of redlining.)”

fastcompany.com/90310803/here-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/here-are-the-da

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‘Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws’

theguardian.com/technology/201

“The documents… reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU.”

Also worth reading the longer article on Computer Weekly:

computerweekly.com/news/252458

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/revealed-facebo

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‘Privacy complaints received by tech giants’ favorite EU watchdog up more than 2x since GDPR’

“‘The phenomenon that is the [GDPR] has demonstrated one thing above all else: people’s interest in and appetite for understanding and controlling use of their personal data is anything but a reflection of apathy and fatalism,’ writes Helen Dixon, Ireland’s commissioner for data protection.”

techcrunch.com/2019/02/28/priv

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/privacy-complai

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‘The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change’

“These histories illustrate Facebook’s radical indifference, my term for the formal relationship between surveillance capitalists and their users. Facebook doesn’t care about disinformation, or mental health, or any of the other issues on Zuckerberg’s list of resolutions. Users are not customers, nor are they ‘the product.’ They are merely free sources of raw material.”

fastcompany.com/90303274/why-f

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/the-real-reason

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@carlesjove if we get the resources/time, absolutely. Currently, if you use a browser that is supported by uBlock origin, you can use our blocking rules list (for free) with uBlock origin: better.fyi/blockerList.txt

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‘Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules’

“The IAB is certainly seeking to deploy pro-privacy arguments to try to dilute Europeans’ privacy rights.

Despite its own claimed reservations about there being no technical fix to get consent for programmatic trading under GDPR, the IAB nonetheless went on to launch a technical mechanism for managing — and, it claimed — complying with GDPR consent requirements…”

techcrunch.com/2019/02/21/even

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/even-the-iab-wa

💙 New blocking rules! On 21st February 2019, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, fixed one site, and blocked four new trackers.

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better.fyi/news/

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‘Why a focus on “fake news” and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions’

“The biggest oversight… is in diagnosing disinformation as essentially a problem with Facebook, rather than a systemic issue emerging in part from the pollution of online spaces by the business model that Facebook shares with others: the surveillance and modification of human behaviour for profit.”

opendemocracy.net/uk/jennifer-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/why-a-focus-on-

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