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Day without DRM is this Friday! Consider cutting your account(s) with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, etc., and avoid buying DRM'd music and books from Amazon, etc., for the day (or longer). A dip on the 4th sends a message.

Apropos hat tip to Cory Doctorow for his recent unwillingness to cave to audible for the release of his latest book.

#dad #idad #privacy

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#Firefox: the leading open source #privacy-busting #spyware.

Because I definitely want it to exfiltrate info on what #search engines I'm using and what I'm clicking on. 🙄

Whatever you do, do not *ever* donate or support #Mozilla in any way whatsoever.

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There's a new "experimental feature" being tested in Firefox 83: sponsored sites in the URL bar.

"Mozilla works with advertising partners to place sponsored tiles on the Firefox home page (or New Tab) that would be useful to Firefox users. Mozilla is paid when users click on sponsored tiles."

You can disable this by setting `browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites` to `false`.

Found via


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Planning to shop online for the holidays? Find out how ad trackers will be watching and following you and learn a few tricks to throw them off with EFF's Cover Your Tracks tool:

"To Understand How Science Denial Works, Look to History" says Scientific American.

"To Understand How Privacy Denial Works, Look at Us Block Tor" - also Scientific American

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Why Lying [about your personal data] is Essential for Privacy Herd Immunity – Terence Eden’s Blog


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Who enjoys irony?

My new course features learning about @torproject, their mission, how #Tor can be used to protect your #privacy, circumvent censorship etc.

As soon as one of my friends tries to enter the course on her company network, it's blocked due to being in their 'Anonymizer Category'.


The Protonmail import export tool is out of beta.

It works, slow and inefficient, but it's basically a version of the bridge that does IMAP transfer, then formats into mbox or eml for you.

Just in time for me to move my data off Pro-ad-ton and home to a decent company.

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When did we forget that there's computing life outside the internet, that "offline" is indeed a thing (that we should enjoy more often!)?

Articles like this just give me the conclusion that, like a smartphone, vendors are concluding that computer usage must be always-on, no interruption, no right to remain offline:

#privacy #surveillance #apple

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European activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool
'...The code, stored on the device, allows Apple and third parties to track a user’s online behaviour and consumption preferences - vital for the likes of Facebook to be able to send targeted ads that will interest the user.

“Apple places codes that are comparable to a cookie in its phones without any consent by the user. This is a clear breach of European Union privacy laws,” said Noyb lawyer Stefano Rossetti.

Rossetti referred to the EU’s e-Privacy Directive, which requires a user’s prior consent to the installation and use of such information...'

Max Schrems' org: NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights

#Privacy #EU #GDPR

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Après le CNAME-cloaking, les publicitaires et spécialistes du tracking on mis au point le Server-Side Tagging :

Cette nouvelle solution de tracking est en train d'être popularisée par Google et est capable (pour l'instant) d'outrepasser toutes les protections offertes par uBlock, l'ETP de Firefox et l'ITP de Safari.

#privacy #ads #ublock #fuckgoogle

When Apple says "privacy" they mean the same thing that Google does:

- Private to us after taken from you.

- We decide what we will take.

- We decide what we will do with it.

- We decide who else we will sell, rent, or give it to.

- When we get caught, we invoke security as its purpose.

- When we don't get caught, it's business as usual.


The only private data is that which is never collected.

Collected data is never private, only more or less protected.

Collected data is never anonymous, only more or less identifiable.

All data will be used for purposes other than that for which it was originally collected.

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