Nothing is private anymore.
06-20-2017, 07:54 AM,
Post: #1
Nothing is private anymore.
http://gizmodo.com/how-a-company-you-ve-...1795643539
Quote:In the summer of 2015, Alexandra Franco got a letter in the mail from a company she had never heard of called AcurianHealth. The letter, addressed to Franco personally, invited her to participate in a study of people with psoriasis, a condition that causes dry, itchy patches on the skin.

Franco did not have psoriasis. But the year before, she remembered, she had searched for information about it online, when a friend was dealing with the condition. And a few months prior to getting the letter, she had also turned to the internet with a question about a skin fungus. It was the sort of browsing anyone might do, on the assumption it was private and anonymous.
Now there was a letter, with her name and home address on it, targeting her as a potential skin-disease patient. Acurian is in the business of recruiting people to take part in clinical trials for drug companies. How had it identified her? She had done nothing that would publicly associate her with having a skin condition.
06-20-2017, 08:10 AM,
Post: #2
RE: Nothing is private anymore.
http://www.duckduckgo.com
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06-21-2017, 02:29 PM,
Post: #3
RE: Nothing is private anymore.
   

https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra-preview/
06-21-2017, 02:41 PM,
Post: #4
RE: Nothing is private anymore.
i am very curious how the rest of the world will react to this.
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06-21-2017, 08:50 PM,
Post: #5
RE: Nothing is private anymore.
Trackers will probably outpace Apple. There's more money in selling ads than there is in blocking ads. But who knows.

I do a few things.

I periodically delete all of my cookies. I should actually do it more often, or script it. It's especially easy since passwords are stored in a keychain.

My etc/hosts file is 2500 lines long of domains that I point to 127.0.0.1 and it includes most of Google -- especially analytics and doubleclick. I should add facebook, though I don't have an account, so that helps quite a bit.

I use Ghostery. https://www.ghostery.com


Anyone who is surprised by lack of privacy on the internet is not paying attention. At all. The writing has been on the wall for more than a decade, and it's making headlines for more than five years.
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06-21-2017, 09:37 PM,
Post: #6
RE: Nothing is private anymore.
I don't intend to solely rely on this to keep me somewhat shielded, and I do have measures in place that will most definitely stay in place.

But it is interesting, nonetheless. Apple are in a fairly unique position that they can do this, since they rely on their users for revenue, whereas the competition rely on selling out their users for revenue.
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