Some of the scripts loaded by Wired when you access this article:
"Rubicon Project, the digital advertising infrastructure company, is on a mission to automate buying and selling for the global online advertising industry"
"BlueKai is a cloud-based big data platform that enables companies to personalize online, offline, and mobile marketing campaigns"
"Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic."
"Through our global research efforts, ScorecardResearch collects data that assists companies around the world in providing products and services that better meet the needs of consumers"
And of course:
"Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc"
"Unless I go full tin-foil hat, you’ve basically left me with one option. To opt out of Facebook’s tracking, I’m going to have to join Facebook"
Or just wait until May 25th and send them a GDPR Subject Access Request. Seriously, Facebook's GDPR team must be having kittens.
Is there ever going to be a way in this world today that one can simply not be tracked? I feel that most every device you use will have some company or another tracking you. I'd love if people could post some ideas around this.
I've done the (becoming) standard uBlock, uMatrix (which makes most sites unusable until you tweak it), setting up "do not track" and "no cookies". Using private browsing with TOR. It doesn't seem like any of this is enough to prevent someone that seriously wants to track you.
So what are the next steps?
What strikes me the most is how impotent many of us feel in resisting being tracked and profiled so extensively.
I love this quote: "then you have made a desert and called it peace"
Originally from Tacitus: "To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace."
I see a lot of complaints about tracking but has anyone proposed an alternative? These products have to be paid for somehow so how about a subscription fee to not be tracked by them?
For example, I'm sure my search data is less to Google than Google is to me. How much would you consider reasonable for their service? $50-100 per year would seem reasonable to me - I'd pay that for an ad-free non-tracked experience. This might actually be good for them, because I'd finally become an Android user - my main concern is my privacy as I use the Android platform.
They could hire an independent company to regularly audit this and make a report to prove that they are not tracking people who subscribe to the service.
I'm sure there are flaws with this idea but is anyone actually discussing an alternative to tracking? We simply cannot expect a company to offer any product for free.
Face it y'all, privacy is dead. Sure, GDPR and the current FB outrage will result in some new rules, legislation, etc. Perhaps we'll all have to opt-in for certain data tracking activities. Maybe the way our personal data flies around the internet will be a little less obfuscated. But we live in a digital world and it's very easy to track every packet of data we send and receive. And because we can do it, eventually we will do it. The new standards we setup may give us a false sense of control but, over time, apathy and convenience will lead us back to about where we're at now.
What are the best Chrome/Firefox tracker blockers for Facebook? I've been using Facebook Disconnect:
I hate Facebook just as much as the next guy (hey, maybe more), but I suspect Google analytics is present on a lot more sites than Facebook tracking. It's cool right now to hate Facebook, which is why stories like this are getting clicks.
People who opt out of it and then rant about it on the internet are kind of like kids hiding in the bushes yelling "you can't see me!"
The bigger question is why have we created a society where cynical ruthlessness is not only adaptive, but also the object of repeated and widespread praise.
I hate you because you’re rich and I’m not. Also, it’s the cool thing to do right now, and I have to make money somehow, after all.
Just generally stop with the personality cult bullshit, both positive and negative.
As much as I think the best thing that could happen to FB is to just vanish, I can't "hate" this guy I never met who never ever seemed happy and now just looks tired. I doubt the author does, either. So why lie about it? That's both kinda pathetic and predictably unhelpful. It's not like the article doesn't contain information, but that framing sucks.
There's a lot to be said about the actions and words of Facebook as a whole, and of Mark Zuckerberg, but it does more harm than good if it's with the intent to make it about Facebook and Zuckerberg, instead of those things no matter who happens to do or say them, and our responsibilities not just in response, but in action rather than just reaction.