DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

Privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo on Friday posted a blog that discussed Google's new data tracking system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).FLoC replaces the use of cookies to track users and feed them ads and other targeted content.

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Reflecting the broad-based resistance to this privacy-corrosive approach, there’s a new coalition of organizations, which is calling for a ban on what is dubs “surveillance advertising“: Surveillance advertising – the core profit-driver for gatekeepers like Facebook and Google, as well as adtech middlemen – is the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity.

The Legislation We Need Right Now To Protect Our Online Privacy

The Legislation We Need Right Now To Protect Our Online Privacy

Any information used by a large online company to target users for advertising purposes must be explicitly approved by the Government/relevant regulatory authority of the country.

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Every day, thousands of Mexican migrants tell Google about their intent to cross the border into the U.S. Nevertheless, throughout 2019, I ran various experiments, trying to achieve this “one-to-one” ad targeting — the ability to serve just you an ad, and get just your data, disaggregated.

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

Furthermore, while consumers might opt out of cookie-based targeting, a website with watch content can share insights with a brand about the type of customers visiting their site.Diving deeper into contextual targeting also enables a brand to measure consumer approaches to specific content.

House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

With expiration set for Dec. 15, whatever the Senate does the Call Detail Records program, barring some eleventh-hour legislative chicanery, looks like the rarest of birds: a post-9/11 surveillance activity on course for extinction.“We would not be in this position today if Edward Snowden had not revealed the bulk collection program,” said Liza Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice.

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

This has understandably led many people – around a third of all users according to some estimates – to block cookies in order to prevent persistent stores of their online activity and thus their lives being created by sites and advertisers.

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

Boffins from Graz University of Technology in Austria have devised an automated system for browser profiling using two new side channel attacks that can help expose information about software and hardware to fingerprint browsers and improve the effectiveness of exploits.

Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

We learned quite a bit about who advertises on Facebook, how they target their messages and how much information users can get about why they’re actually being shown specific ads.

Facebook will reveal who uploaded your contact info for ad targeting

Facebook will reveal who uploaded your contact info for ad targeting

Facebook will start to show when your contact info was uploaded, if it was by the brand or one of their agency/developer partners and when access was shared between partners.

A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads

A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads

Facebook allows advertisers to target you based on any one of these categories of data, as well as by more nebulous metrics like “similarity” to other users.

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

Last week Gizmodo reported on its own experiments confirming the findings of a new academic study regarding Facebook’s “shadow profiles” including the company’s practice of associating contact information with user accounts that was not willingly provided by those users, but rather obtained from the address books of other users.