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Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:37:34 PM »
The popular ad blocker extension has fallen through miserably. It also helps ad industry making improvements to  their online tracking.
Read here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516156/a-popular-ad-blocker-also-helps-the-ad-industry/  (link article author = Tom Simonite)
Read about Ghostery's double agenda: http://purplebox.ghostery.com/?p=1016023438

Ghostery - ads are good for you!
Transparancy and Control good for the Ads Industry...
General Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery

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« Last Edit: June 20, 2013, 11:44:33 PM by polonus »
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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 12:00:52 AM »
The popular ad blocker extension has fallen through miserably. It also helps ad industry making improvements to  their online tracking.
Read here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516156/a-popular-ad-blocker-also-helps-the-ad-industry/  (link article author = Tom Simonite)
Read about Ghostery's double agenda: http://purplebox.ghostery.com/?p=1016023438

Ghostery - ads are good for you!
Transparancy and Control good for the Ads Industry...
General Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery

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I have know that from the day I installed Ghostery.

Since they were good enough to provided the service of blocking tracking cookies, I let them track me for a month, and then turned off the tracking feature.

Everyone that installed Ghostery should have known this.

The program works, and it's easy to prove that it works.

See attachment:

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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 12:19:44 AM »
The popular ad blocker extension has fallen through miserably. It also helps ad industry making improvements to  their online tracking.
Read here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516156/a-popular-ad-blocker-also-helps-the-ad-industry/  (link article author = Tom Simonite)
Read about Ghostery's double agenda: http://purplebox.ghostery.com/?p=1016023438

Ghostery - ads are good for you!
Transparancy and Control good for the Ads Industry...
General Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery

polonus

I have know that from the day I installed Ghostery.

Since they were good enough to provided the service of blocking tracking cookies, I let them track me for a month, and then turned off the tracking feature.

Everyone that installed Ghostery should have known this.

The program works, and it's easy to prove that it works.

See attachment:

I have Ghostery but I didn't enable Ghost Rank.

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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 12:21:31 AM »
I rather like the transparency of this add-on coming as a userscript ready install in Chrome: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/35051
It makes the webbugs visible and one could analyse where they go.
When you find up such a webbug you can use ABP to block that image...

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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2013, 01:01:54 AM »
Thanks for info Polonus. :)
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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 01:11:18 AM »
Hi schmidthouse,

But if you have ScriptSafe installed, it also lists all your hidden webbeacons or webbugs it is blocking,
also all iframes and scripts, just hoover each to see paths)

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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2013, 01:33:34 AM »
I rather like the transparency of this add-on coming as a userscript ready install in Chrome: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/35051
It makes the webbugs visible and one could analyse where they go.
When you find up such a webbug you can use ABP to block that image...

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Hi Damian:

Is Web Bug Detector still developed?

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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2013, 01:52:46 AM »
Well it is still very functional as it highlights these webbugs as green squares. Yes test it on http://www.nytimes.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/adx/bin/adx_click.html?  up.nytimes.com (1) and wt.o.nytimes.com (1)
DNT is actually still in a beta phase with incidental  first party blocking as on user-demand and FP's because users deliberately click adverts.
That is why Mozilla has joined with Stanford: https://blog.mozilla.org/privacy/2013/06/19/mozilla-joins-with-stanford-and-others-to-launch-cookie-clearinghouse/
to achieve more transparency..

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« Last Edit: June 21, 2013, 02:59:20 PM by polonus »
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Re: Your Ghostery data are being sold to the highest bidder...
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2013, 02:14:29 AM »
I see. Thanks