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Old 10-01-2019, 05:09 PM   #1
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Facebook Keeps Getting Creepier


From the San Francisco Chronicle:

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After years of data privacy scandals, Facebook has decided to take a bold leap — in the wrong direction. It was reported this week that the social media giant has acquired a mind-reading startup called CTRL-Labs. Yes, you read that correctly. CTRL-Labs has developed a wristband that can measure the neural activity that, for example, signals one’s hand to move in a certain way, such as typing on a keyboard.
Full story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/...d-14474389.php
 
Old 10-01-2019, 06:04 PM   #2
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PSA: Delete your Facebook account. You don't need it.
 
Old 10-01-2019, 06:46 PM   #3
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Some years ago there was a book entitled Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain, and there was much to be said about the then-new interpretations of EEG waves and the speculation that the mind could be read this way. Facebook already knows the thoughts of the majority of the populace because they willingly hand them over - now they just want to know the thoughts of everyone else, too. This might be a wrist band now, but how long before some intention-reading sensor becomes as commonplace as an accelerometer on cheap ARM boards from China?

In 2019 there is no reason why ANYONE should be on Facebook, either as an individual or a business. There are much better ways to stay in touch. Yes, be mindful of what this corporation is doing but don't even satisfy them by stewing over their actions. They will only be emboldened. ASN-blocking might be the best approach for now.
 
Old 10-01-2019, 06:50 PM   #4
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Ah, wait until those digital neural implants are announced. Who does it first Google, Facebook, Apple?
 
Old 10-01-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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Not just Facebook - Amazon is bringing Alexa to wearable like glasses and earbuds. So every person you meet may be passing on everyuthing to Amazon ...
And they want the (entire) IoT to use their own interconnect Sidewalk - away from anyone else' control.

I have never allowed either company in my life.
 
Old 10-01-2019, 08:19 PM   #6
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Don't get me started about Amazon and Amazon's automated Big Sister, Alexa. Not to mention the Googleplex . . . .

Unfortunately, I cannot delete my Facebook account. (Actually, no one can "delete" a Facebook account, at least, not easily. One can only "disable" it.) In one of my entities, I do outreach for an organization, and one must needs reach out where the people are, and the people are on the Zuckerborg. But I go to my FB account only in a private browser window and only about once a month.

What I find more disturbing than Facebook's perfidy is persons' willing participation therein.

I'll stop now, for all I have left is sputtering.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 06:53 AM   #7
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So I went to that site and guess what? I got a screenful of potential eavesdropper apps including Google Analytics that I had to untick. Whoever SF Chronicle are, they hardly seem in a position to criticise FB.

I suspect I only got the choice because I'm European. Americans probably aren't given it.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 11:14 AM   #8
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So I went to that site and guess what? I got a screenful of potential eavesdropper apps including Google Analytics that I had to untick. Whoever SF Chronicle are, they hardly seem in a position to criticise FB. I suspect I only got the choice because I'm European. Americans probably aren't given it.
I've noticed that some US newspaper sites won't load, saying that they cannot comply with European privacy laws, so you're probably right.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 11:22 AM   #9
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Whoever SF Chronicle are
San Francisco Chronicle.

Aside from the usual google analytics tracking, there is also blueconic which is as follows:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/blueconic/

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About BlueConic: BlueConic is a Customer Data Platform that harnesses the data required to power the recognition of an individual at each interaction, and then synchronizes their intent across the marketing ecosystem. Click here to learn more.

This plugin will place the BlueConic JavaScript tag on all pages to allow you to work with BlueConic and collect data or interact with visitors.
(from the description of a wordpress plugin.)

But they're probably not doing anything so very different to any other media/press site, in fact it does seem on the light side compared to some others.
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I've noticed that some US newspaper sites won't load, saying that they cannot comply with European privacy laws, so you're probably right.
This is indeed one such site, but only parts of it don't load.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 08:26 PM   #10
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The latest thing I've run into with U. S. newspaper sites is big popups ordering me to disable my ad blocker.

I don't use an ad blocker (I do have a robust hosts file that directs the worst offenders, like doubleclick, to name one, to 127.0.0.0).

I notice, though, that the pop-ups often go away when I tell NoScript to temporarily allow all scripts.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 08:51 PM   #11
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Never mind.

Last edited by rokytnji; 10-02-2019 at 09:01 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 09:49 PM   #12
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[RANT]

Just as an aside, newspapers are hurting and I'm inclined to be sympathetic to their efforts to generate revenue. I subscribe to two of them, but I have only so much money I can spend.

Legitimate journalism is being destroyed by lies and gossip masquerading as "social" media.

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