Good grief! I really don't know what to say. When I start getting popups with condom adverts on, it means they have found out about my girlfriend? Thank goodness we have data protection legislation in Europe, even though the Government seem to think they can allow the Police to inspect email records.
Is there anything in the constitution about that?
A a bit of background, this was legal for a long time (since the beginning of people going online as I recall.) Obama passed a bill to ban it but it didn't take effect yet. So we never quite got to it being illegal.
I wish the law had stayed on the books. The erosion of our privacy disappoints me.
Tim Holloway wrote:
And then there's the little inserts for stuff I've looked at on Amazon or eBay that show up everywhere..
But that information isn't actually being shared, right? They're being served up from Amazon, eBay or Google's ad servers. I wonder if that information trickles back to the original site...
On another note, I had a similar idea to this one as a way to mess with surveillance:
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/wanna-protect-online-privacy-open-tab-make-noise/ In that article, it details that it is hard to mimic human behavior. My idea was that you would join a "network" that would take your requests (and the behavior associated with it, like visit time and clicks from that page) and randomly bounce them around to other people's connections, so it would be a little more "human" than the random "Internet Noise" app in the article. I foresee some issues, like people on metered connections, and the occasional looney who is looking up inappropriate stuff which then the whole network looks up and the next thing you know your google autocomplete is showing really weird results...