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post #11 of 51
Information Science at its finest.

Didn't know about anything as crazy as cursor tracking, but most people know about clicks and cookie tracking a long time ago. This doesn't surprise me too much.

I mean, I go to amazon.us to check out some books. A day later I get onto some Asian forum sites and see ads about those books I searched on.

Went to various sites to check out some nice watches. The next day some generic webpage be having ads about some mechanical watches I ain't ever heard of.

I believe in coincidence, but to this degree? No.
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post #12 of 51
Well yeah...
The question is why would you not track every user movement and keystroke on a big web application. It would help for optimizing the site. Obviously it should be done securely so things like credit card data isn't leaked, but you can't trust every programmer in the world to think about all points of failure on every component they write and you CAN expect people to run their systems in a way that makes it easy to improve the system...
Edited by spinFX - 11/23/17 at 12:15am
post #13 of 51
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Originally Posted by spinFX View Post

Well yeah...
The question is why would you not track every user movement and keystroke on a big web application. It would help for optimizing the site. Obviously it should be done securely so things like credit card data isn't leaked, but you can't trust every programmer in the world to think about all points of failure on every component they write and you CAN expect people to run their systems in a way that makes it easy to improve the system...

Why not let toilet paper companies film your toilet 24/7? Toilet paper engineers can't possibly think of all the ways you use their paper and when it might tear.

People who think like you make me sick angrysmiley.gif
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I really need to get script blocking done on ublock, any straight forward tutorials out there?
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post #15 of 51
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Why not let toilet paper companies film your toilet 24/7? Toilet paper engineers can't possibly think of all the ways you use their paper and when it might tear.

People who think like you make me sick angrysmiley.gif

Your bathroom is not in a public place. The internet, by definition, is a public domain. You dont own the sites you visit do you?
post #16 of 51
Would something like KeyScrambler help with this at all, or does this have to be blocked at the script level?
post #17 of 51
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Originally Posted by aweir View Post

You mean the Data Retention of Things. DROT

LOL, DROT is the perfect acronym for the future of privacy on the internet! axesmiley.png
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post #18 of 51
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The tin foil is strong in this thread.
I'm not even sure what this means anymore.

It used to mean that you are paranoid for thinking you don't have privacy.

Now it seems to mean that you're a tinfoil hatted conspiracy theorist for even having an expectation of privacy -- even in the face of incontrovertible proof of blatant, excessive privacy infringement.
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post #19 of 51
I understand why internet tracking is a thing. There definitely should be a line somewhere though. Targeted ads don't bother me as long as they don't send me emails and stuff. Either way its easy enough to stop tracking cookies if you really want to.

The rule is don't do anything online you wouldn't do in the middle of walmart. The Internet is a public place, and just like walmart you can get shanked by a mugger in the parking lot.
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post #20 of 51
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Originally Posted by Mookster View Post

I'm not even sure what this means anymore.

It used to mean that you are paranoid for thinking you don't have privacy.

Now it seems to mean that you're a tinfoil hatted conspiracy theorist for even having an expectation of privacy -- even in the face of incontrovertible proof of blatant, excessive privacy infringement.

He comes to every thread and that is literally his uninformed contribution.
 
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