A description of Googles proposed FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) standard for profiling people and providing those profiles to advertisers.
The EU has adopted a resolution that says it wants 'security through encryption and security despite encryption', which basically means it wants a backdoor.
Wired reviews Tim Hwang's book, which is called Subprime Attention Crisis. It draws parallels between online advertising the subprime mortgage crisis of the mid-late 2000s.
A new rule by Ireland's Data Protection Commission upsets Facebook enough for them to threaten to withdraw their services from the EU.
Facebook says it might be pointless to try and track advert performance when Apple's iOS 14 starts asking users for permission to do so.
I take aim at pop-ups. The sort that ask you to subscribe to a newsletter or whatever. I think the web would be a better place without them.
Why are we plagued by intrusive tracking and advertising without our informed consent?
Barclays Bank have abandoned an employee monitoring system after robust feedback from staff.
Ring doorbell passes data from its app to a host of third-parties without any opt-in from users.
An article on TechCrunch takes a look at how cookie consents are breaking the EU's GDPR laws.
A rant about cookie confirmation screens. Also some nonsense about bum implants.
The rules I'd like to see governing online advertising and privacy therein. Something like this will happen. Privacy breaches and onerous advertising will force it.
Priti Patel mirrors a lot of the world's governments as she wants backdoors into end-to-end encryption. The trouble is, most governments have no idea what they're doing.
There has been some legal tightening of privacy protections in the last few years with things like GDPR, but the privacy policies of many sites are still too impenetrable.
A look at Solid, which is Tim Berners-Lee's latest project. It is intended to give people more control of their personal data.
Nick Heer's excellent article highlights much of what's wrong with the web today. Well worth a read.
The Washington Post seems to charge people extra if they want GDPR compliance. This is wrong but with a little more thought the Washington Post could probably correct that.