Canvas fingerprinting: new feature, same old story

stop_canvas_fingerprintingBy now you’ve probably heard about Canvas fingerprinting. In a nutshell, this whole story is about analytics and advertising companies abusing a new feature in order to try and track your browsing behavior. And in a way that is harder to stop.

The good news is that DoNotTrackMe has always blocked AddThis, the US company known to have been doing this. In the end, as Internet technologies evolve to be increasingly rich user experiences, the potential for abuse also increases. Individual users are increasingly hard-pressed to stop this kind of tracking on their own.

Let’s dig into what Canvas Fingerprinting actually is…

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Living By Design With Privacy By Design

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 4.03.27 PMAs technology merges with almost every aspect of our daily life, it’s important to consider: How can we live more mindful lives through the intelligent use of technology?

Living “by design” is the practice of taking intentional and deliberate actions so that we can lead a more purposeful life. A major part of living by design when it comes to technology involves embracing our privacy choices. When we do, we empower ourselves to use technology to benefit our lives rather than allowing technology to use us (or our data). Living by design includes cultivating privacy awareness and developing a privacy practice to make mindful choices when we share information online.

Let’s dig into what exactly Privacy by Design is…

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Privacy In All Things Includes the Internet of Things

PG_InternetofThingsJust as the Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate with the world in powerful and often unintended ways, the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way the objects of our world communicate with us and each other. As we begin to engage with IoT, let’s continue to champion privacy in all things and not be outsmarted by the latest “smart device.”

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute describes the Internet of Things as the “extension of the Internet to the physical world.” According to Deepak Kumar, IoT refers to “a collective of Internet-connected consumer devices, manufacturing systems, business tools, customer service appliances, medical equipment, agricultural sensors and other things.”

Public opinion findings from a recent Pew Research Study revealed 83% of respondents felt IoT will have widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public. Some of us may find the promise of a new world of IoT innovative and completely comfortable. Others may find the thought of “things” controlling our lives and our every move tracked a bit disheartening, soulless and creepy. Read More

Can true Private Browsing ever be achieved?

When you think of online tracking, what exactly comes to mind? If you’re like the average Internet user you’re most likely picturing tracking cookies placed by marketers as you use the web.

In recent years, people have become aware of the vast amount of tracking that occurs online and now regularly clear their cookies or download privacy software, like DoNotTrackMe, to stop themselves from being tracked. However, there’s more than tracking to consider when you think of full Private Browsing.

Websites are also able to collect information on your browser configuration, even if you have privacy software installed. This is information like what plug-ins & software you have installed, your cookie status, the time zone, fonts, and other features of any particular machine.

Let’s take a look at an infographic to help you understand more…

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Facebook will now track your browsing history on external sites & mobile apps

Facebook tracks you by browsing historyFacebook has found new, far more intrusive ways to exploit your personal information. The company will now use information from your web browsing history to display tailored advertisements on its site.

Until now, Facebook’s advertising system relied on an internal profile of its members. But soon, your profile will also take into account the external websites and mobile apps that each Facebook member users. Facebook is about to know A LOT about who you are and what you’re interested in.

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