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Of course Giphy is going to retain its own brand. If they renamed it to “Facebook Tracking Pixels”, usage might drop off. Think about all the messaging apps that don’t offer Facebook integration for security/privacy reasons […] where Giphy images appear. You know, like Apple’s Messages. Well, now Facebook has tracking pixels in them.

John Gruber on acquisitions.

I know it’s kind of conceptually funny to think of Facebook getting smacked with antitrust lawsuits over, like, buying a website of dank memes… but this is the reason that it’s Big Srs, Actually.

2020-05-18T12:12:09+10:0018th May, 2020|Tags: privacy, social media, tech|

Our identifiers, ourselves.

Long look into surveillance capitalism.

The EFF calls this “corporate surveillance” but honestly I’d consider that to be something different (i.e. the surveilling of employees by their employers)…

2020-01-15T09:02:16+11:006th May, 2020|Tags: privacy, tech|


Larry Page’s efforts have made it trivial to find virtually anyone’s contact information, date of birth, siblings, and address, but effectively impossible to find his children’s names. Mark Zuckerberg wants to make everyone in the world closer, except his neighbours.

They’re fully aware of the problems they have played a part in creating, but the business models of the companies they started are dependent on everyone else not figuring that out.

Nick Heer on exit hatches.

The comment about Zuckerberg is, for those of you who missed it, because the dude bought out all his neighbors’ houses and demolished them to give his own residence more “privacy”…

(See also: Most tech company execs severely restrict their children’s access to laptops, phones, and so on, and definitely don’t allow them to do schooling like that. Often while simultaneously pushing massive one-laptop-per-child-style initiatives on everyone else’s children…)

2020-01-13T13:16:52+11:002nd May, 2020|Tags: privacy, tech|

Fliers in the foyer.

What if the entire internet was built on a multi-billion dollar commercial surveillance apparatus designed to deliver targeted advertising that had been repeatedly proven ineffective?

2020-01-07T11:01:13+11:0012th April, 2020|Tags: advertising, privacy, tech|

New normal.

Today in Obligatory COVID-19 Posting: What if things never go back to “normal”?

That article touches on it a little, but the number of people I’ve seen who suddenly seem okay with going Full Fashy over transmission prevention measures is just… maybe we can dial that back a little, hey. Like, we have to be really, really careful that we’re not implementing things that will hang around beyond the length of the epidemic. Social distancing and diligent hand-washing are not (for better or for worse) going to stick around as soon as people feel they can get away with not doing them. But setting up (or further enriching) a massive surveillance apparatus for the state and normalising it in the name of “public safety”? Yeah. Nah. Don’t even go there.

2020-05-12T08:39:14+10:0020th March, 2020|Tags: covid-19, privacy|


Interesting look at how Google’s “auto-delete” feature is essentially useless for protecting user privacy.

(Spoiler alert: it’s got to do with the value of user data over time. Basically, by the time Google allows you to auto-delete data from its services, it’s already extracted most of the value from those data.)

2019-12-03T10:51:52+11:0017th March, 2020|Tags: google, infosec, privacy|


From a while back now, but always relevant: Google apparently uses embedded fonts to track iOS users.

It’s worth noting this also applies to Google’s webfonts (what, you thought they were offering them free out of a burning love of webdesign?).

(Disclaimer: I still use Google Fonts quite extensively because, well. It is just easier than the alternatives; modern browsers can make embedding fonts actually pretty difficult. But yeah Google’s library is definitely A Tracking Thing.)

2019-10-28T09:06:11+11:0018th February, 2020|Tags: fonts, google, privacy|