We’re excited to unveil a new privacy feature: social button blocking. Why block them? Read our post about how social buttons, like Google’s +1 and Facebook’s Like, track you even if you never click them.
We realize that people want to share things: it’s a big part of what we do online, and it’s fun. We just want sharing to be consensual. Our social button blocking feature gives you a choice: unblock social sites to share things with your friends, or keep them blocked to protect your privacy.
If you want to share something on a site, all you have to do is click a social button just like you normally would. Our software will then enable sharing (and thus tracking) for that button on that particular site. Click again to share. It’s that simple.
How it works:
Social sites will show up in your privacy alert window just like ad networks, tracking sites, and cookies already do:
They’ll be counted as trackers and included in the tracker number you see on your privacy alert icon. A green icon means you’re blocking all tracking; a gray icon means you’re only blocking some trackers; and a red crossed-out icon means you’ve disabled the add-on on that particular site:
Let’s say you want to share something with a Facebook “Like” button. Simply click the button, and you’ll see that Facebook is enabled on that site. The privacy alert window will also reflect this change and warn you that Facebook is now tracking your visits. Remember: there’s no sharing without tracking!
The most important point about our social button blocking: it stops the buttons from sharing your information BEFORE you click on them. You can still click, but now you have a choice. And at Abine, we’re all about giving users the choice to protect their privacy.
About Abine: Abine, Inc., The Online Privacy Company, is the leading provider of online privacy solutions for consumers. Abine’s products and services allow regular people to regain control over their personal information while continuing to browse, interact, and shop online.