Cookie Horrors: Extreme Data Mining and Online Spying

Extreme Data Mining and Online Spying

Do you block or regularly delete Web cookies?… Nice one! Unfortunately, however, not everyone wants to congratulate you. Indeed, it’s probably fair to say that the Internet as a whole hates your very guts. But don’t worry. The Internet has many sly solutions to your increasingly futile attempts to regain some privacy, and the more of us who block or delete cookies, the worse things are likely to get. Continue reading Cookie Horrors: Extreme Data Mining and Online Spying

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Is Privacy-Protected Search Just A Gimmick?

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Privacy protection has become a big factor in the realm of smaller search engines. It’s one way in which an otherwise unremarkable site can compete with the most accomplished and spectacular in the world. If users fear serious privacy breaches enough, they’ll seek out a search engine which professes not to store any of their data, and in the wake of media stories about mass government surveillance, that’s exactly what’s been happening.

But is privacy protection a real commitment on the part of the search providers involved, or is it just a gimmick? If one of the search businesses currently trading on privacy were to grow to the size of Google, would it maintain its values, or would it quietly throw that privacy commitment out of the window and start mining data, just like everyone else?…

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Your Digital Fingerprint: What The Web Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Have you noticed that the websites you use are getting more and more dependent on JavaScript routines that don’t appear to do anything other than make the whole experience that little bit more sluggish? Simple, fast and perfectly usable systems have morphed into more resource-hungry and generally more annoying environments. Do they do any more for users today than they did in the past? In most cases, no. So why are online businesses investing so much time and money in these extensive updates?

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