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This is a next-level anti-GDPR dark pattern from Forbes.

I selected that I only wanted the “required cookies” (no cookies should be required to read a text article.) “This may take up to a few minutes to process.” 🤔

Been doing a lot of regex-ing lately, trying to reformat a load of blog posts on my site. So satisfying writing expressions that work. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without RegExr. Not just a fab tool, but a good learning resource too.

This morning I found a site with 231 trackers. Feel like I should sadly shout BINGO or something.

The worst way to start a privacy policy is with a condescending excuse.

‪If you use modals for cookie/consent dialogs, please test them across devices. I’m fed up with using dev tools to access content because the modal wasn’t tested on a narrow viewport.‬

‪And don’t use third-party services to provide this functionality. It is both risky and ironic.‬

💙 New blocking rules! On 30th November 2018 Laura fixed three broken sites, blocked first-party targeted ads on three sites, and blocked fourteen new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ from Better’s menu.

‪Just found a news site (they’re usually the worst) loading javascript from 93 different third-party domains. NINETY-THREE. ‬

‪Most of those scripts are from ad networks, 9 of them are ad networks that begin with the word “ad.”‬

‘The City of the Future Is a Data-Collection Machine’

“[Cavoukian is] worried about Sidewalk using all these cameras and sensors to track people on an individual level, to create real-life versions of the personal profiles Google already uses to track people online.”

Also on our forum:

Reposted that last one because it was also my preference but I was too lazy to take photos

Red Spot 15 year-old. ~2,000 bottles; limited to Ireland prior to 2019.

(I still prefer the Redbreast 21 year-old.)

‘Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude.’

“The systems depend on black-box algorithms that give little detail about how they reduced the complexities of a person’s inner life into a calculation of virtue or harm. And even as Predictim’s technology influences parents’ thinking, it remains entirely unproven, largely unexplained and vulnerable to quiet biases over how an appropriate babysitter should share, look and speak.”

‘The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom’

“The language of these patents makes it clear that Google is acutely aware of the powers of inference it has already, even without cameras, by augmenting speakers to recognize the noises you make as you move around the house.”

Also on our forum:

@laura It is also accessible from the 'Settings for This Website...' menu item :ablobsmile:

‪Anyone who’s visited my site will know I’ve had a lazy/old-fashioned approach to responsive images. Thankfully, I just read ‘Image Performance’ and this approach will now change! A very lovingly-written, unintimidating and immensely valuable brief book.‬


If you use Safari on macOS, you can right-click the address bar when visiting a site to get ‘Settings for This Website’ such as disallowing use of mic/camera/location (useful on dodgy sites!) and the page zoom level (handy when the text size is too small!) A very hidden menu.

💙 New blocking rules! On 23rd November 2018 Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked three blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-three new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

‪Relevant news:‬


‪Black Friday. The day you discover who didn’t really take you off their mailing lists in May…‬

And you know what… these data-collecting businesses have beautiful websites. There’s some really capable designers out there using their skills to help real life monsters.

Another joyless discovery: a tracker on an ordinary news site that shares your data to “carry out creditworthiness and risk assessment, for debt collection purposes.” FUN

Sorry, this work really stresses me out.

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Little updates, posts, and toot-able things by Laura Kalbag. Leave your surveillance capitalism shackles behind and come join me in the fediverse! Want to know why I’m here? Read my post on ‘What is Mastodon and why should I use it?’