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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steventroughtonsmith
Member since:
2012-05-06

iOS has an ad system; you see ads in apps. The two options are:

• See ads that have absolutely no relevance to you
• See ads that you might actually like

There is no utopic third option.

I'll keep tracking on, thank you very much.

(Also note that iAd is only available in a handful of countries: USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Canada.)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I prefer tracking too. I'd rather have relevant ads than irrelevant ads. If I don't want to be tracked, I load up a private tab.

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RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia
by TechGeek on Fri 12th Oct 2012 17:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Selective tech amnesia"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Here's a crazy idea. Instead of tracking me everywhere I go, give me a list of topics and let me choose which ones interest me. Then I don't have too much of my personal info out there in the ether and they still get to send me ads. I know, I know, the idea is just crazy.

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RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia
by WorknMan on Fri 12th Oct 2012 21:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Selective tech amnesia"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

• See ads that have absolutely no relevance to you
• See ads that you might actually like

There is no utopic third option.


Actually, there is - don't install apps with ads - or if you're rooted/jailbroken, install an ad blocker. Problem solved. Not that I want everything for free... I'll gladly pay for an app I like, if the developer gives me the option as an alternative to adware. If not? F**k 'em ;)

For me, it's not the tracking that pisses me off, but the advertising; the only reason they want to track you is so they can serve you up relevant ads. But if you can eliminate most/all the ways they have to advertise to you, then you essentially cut them off at the knees, and all their tracking is a waste of time. I have an ad-blocker installed on my Android phone. Thus, I get zero ads, so they're more than welcome to waste their time tracking me. In fact, I hope they do ;)

Edited 2012-10-12 21:25 UTC

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RE[4]: Selective tech amnesia
by darknexus on Fri 12th Oct 2012 21:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I'll gladly pay for an app I like, if the developer gives me the option as an alternative to adware. If not? F**k 'em ;)

Agree 100%. I simply don't use apps with ads. If I try the app and I like it, I'll pay for the non-ad version in a heartbeat. The only purpose apps with ads serve on my device is as trialware for the app itself. If I like it then I pay for it, if I don't then I uninstall it.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

iOS has an ad system; you see ads in apps. The two options are:

• See ads that have absolutely no relevance to you
• See ads that you might actually like

Me? Like ads? What kind of fantasy land are you living in? Just seeing or even hearing an ad does nothing but piss me off. It's just another reason to never touch an Apple product again. They impressed and tempted me at one time a few years ago with Mac OS X, but damn, I'm glad I've never bought any of their hardware. They make the old, super-monopolistic Microsoft of the 90s look like nothing more than an annoying little flea.

Not that Microsoft isn't still playing at their old games, but at least they seem to try to hide it and be subtle about it. The worst thing Microsoft's done recently is decide that with their godly powers all ARM machines shipping with Windows (read: virtually all of them) will be forbidden from running an OS that is not blessed by them. Apple... wow, the list goes on.

Apple is like the Microsoft of the 90s, but potentially much, much worse.

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RE[4]: Selective tech amnesia
by darknexus on Fri 12th Oct 2012 22:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Not that Microsoft isn't still playing at their old games, but at least they seem to try to hide it and be subtle about it.

Speaking for myself, I'd rather a company not be subtle about what they're doing. Better that I know precisely what I'm dealing with when I buy from someone as opposed to having something sneak up on me.

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