Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 13th Oct 2012 09:56 UTC
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IMO the best practice is to have TNO policy - trust no one. Especially marketers. They want to get your info no matter what the regulations would be, so you better watch your ass and protect your privacy yourself.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 13th Oct 2012 14:06 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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I agree. But tell that to the marketers--they'll have a fit insisting that everyone should trust them. Uh... no. Just no.

I take the TNO stance with all the Firefox extensions I use (AdBlock Plus with Element Hiding Helper, NoScript with only certain sites I visit "allowed" to use javascript/Flash, Do Not Track Plus because the *real* DNT is a joke). I allow no third-party cookies... so if I don't visit a site, I accept nothing from them.

By the way... does anyone actually allow cookies on a per-site basis? Firefox has the option hidden where I'd least expect it, but I tried to use it and it's a massive PITA these days. Some sites give you 6 or 12 cookies or more just for one page... even not including third-party ones. Add the third party ones to say "no" to and it basically makes going to even one site a chore.

There's got to be a better way. The closest I've came to decent (but still far from it, because it asks for every third-party cookie as well) is having it remember my choices for certain sites (allow for session, allow, deny). A mixture of "block all third-party cookies" and "ask me every time" would be nearly perfect.

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