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One of which is a tracker that “empowers healthcare marketers to stand out and influence their most valuable audiences by combining state-of-the-art digital identity and data with the scale of programmatic advertising.” That’s what you expect on a site about Apple stuff… right?

Blimey, imore.com has a cool (not cool) 100 trackers on its homepage.

Got our EORI number, so by the UK government’s standards, I’m as prepared for no deal as I need to be… 😑

@better I regularly post links about the impact of tracking on @indie (or at ind.ie/radar) if you want more background.

I’m so angry and want to write more about this, but I also want to get a @better update out today (going to try to smash those trackers before they get to you.) In short: TRACKING IS BAD and invasive. Consent dialogs are not good enough for consent, let alone opt-out options. Discrimination based on tracking impacts marginalised and vulnerable people first and most. Yet 99% of the web is complicit in it. Go check yourselves.

Given that Apple have just removed Do Not Track from Safari because it was being used for tracking via “fingerprinting”, the decision to add trackability for assistive tech is *baffling.*

Léonie Watson wrote very clearly on this specific issue years ago: tink.uk/thoughts-on-screen-rea

Looking forward to Think About! conference. It’s designed to be properly inclusive, has some great-sounding talks in the lineup, and me and @aral are doing our first ever keynote *together.* Only a couple of weeks left on “regular bird” tickets: think-about.io/en/speakies/lau

It’s unbelievable (and yet so believable) that my Irish car insurance provider is giving me more useful and decisive advice around Brexit than the UK government.

Can’t wait to read Everyday Information Architecture and learn more from Lisa Maria Martin. If you work in anything that touches the web, this book will be indispensable. Pre-order it now!

abookapart.com/products/everyd

“We, by way of our platforms, give agency and credence to these acts of violence, then pilfer profits from them. Tech is a money-making accomplice to these hate crimes.”

@Tatianamac writes so clearly and powerfully, also giving us real guidance for action. Stop what you’re doing and read this:

alistapart.com/article/canary-

I’m sick of playing weekly whack-a-mole with nasty trackers on popular sites. If a site is trying this hard to invade our privacy & extract our personal information, we should stop visiting them, regulate them as malware, shut them down, and fire everyone responsible into the sun.

What’s the state of email newsletter services nowadays? Is there any service differentiating itself on being privacy-respecting? (No tracking/analytics/short URLs.) I’ve been looking, but all the services I find seem to be all about maximum-tracking. *sigh*

THIS is the rallying cry I needed on a Monday morning…

“But if we are going to talk about smashing patriarchy and dismantling systems of oppression (as we should!), we need to understand the role of surveillance and data exploitation in perpetuating and enhancing those systems”

privacyinternational.org/blog/

On Zuckerberg’s “privacy” announcement yesterday, I’ve only found one article in my RSS feed this morning worth reading… 🔥

techcrunch.com/2019/03/06/mark

Facebook’s lobbying against pro-privacy regulation is awful. Using Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In as an attempt to bond with commissioners who are women is a-whole-nother-level icky.

computerweekly.com/news/252458

I wish tech journalism would find more diversity in the experts whose opinions they quote. I want to hear from experts who understand and represent the needs and concerns of people from marginalised groups. (And I couldn’t care less about what yet another startup CEO farts out.)

They’re making a Discovery spinoff about Section 31 starring the Philippa Georgiou character? YES PLEASE.

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