Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 11:35 UTC
Apple Surprise, surprise - Apple, by default, tracks web browsing behaviour and location to better serve you ads. You have to specifically opt out of this tracking per individual iOS device that you own. Now we know why Apple has no problem with turning on 'Do Not Track' and not accepting tracking cookies by default: it has no effect on them whatsoever, because iOS 6 has its own independent user tracking mechanisms. Unlike what the Apple pundits claim, it's got nothing to do with respect for user privacy at all. Well paint me red and call me a girl scout: company selling ads tracks user behaviour. Shocker, huh?
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I've come around ..or maybe through
by fadingdust on Fri 12th Oct 2012 12:58 UTC
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So we all hate ads; sure. I get that. And everyone loves a good privacy debate.

But what about this bugs us? What part of the fact that "they" are "tracking" "us"? What if it was your own software, would you be ok with it "tracking" you? What if your tracking-history was able to be monitored & edited (more like https://history.google.com)?

For all the fuss put up about this, I wonder if a little bit of control was placed back in (editing histories & downloadable data), this could get reasonable.

The trouble with editing/downloading however, what about the "tracking me" part of it? Plenty of websites "track" without user-differentiation; if I were able to view their tracking history of my IP or my browser-settings, it would then show me other people's histories on my rotating-IP..

Sadly, the ad-industry is tied to commerce generally. There's little structurally that can be done, short of attempting to reinforce top-down user-respectful methods like donation/investment. But the history of business is the history of one man getting around another, finding an open loophole in a plan and exploiting it. And ultimately, putting ads in our faces exist because business owners (ad-firm clients) think they should.

Otherwise, if you don't want them tracking, and don't donate, don't use their websites/products. Flash CM10 already, be part of an underground; run your own web-filter-proxy.. something even I do.

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