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Re: Article from The Atlantic on the ad-support internet

From: Rob van Eijk <rob@blaeu.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:39:30 +0200
To: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>
Cc: Robin Wilton <wilton@isoc.org>, ashok.malhotra@oracle.com, Roland Merrick <roland.merrick@gmail.com>, "public-privacy mailing list) (W3C" <public-privacy@w3.org>
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Karl Dubost schreef op 2014-08-18 15:36:
> Or more exactly you have the choice to look at ads, or to block them 
> and be less tracked.

Very true: blocking ads is an attempt to block the collection of 
identifiers in the user terminal. Blocking is a cat and mouse game, 
because the current tools work on the basis of predefined rules.


To add to the discussion: the second bug IMHO is the dual use of 
identifiers for other purpuses than the delivery of the service being 
requested. There may be legitimate reasons to collect the identifiers, 
otherwise functionality may break or be unavailable. But once collected, 
there is an incentive to also (re)use the data for e.g. (targeted) 
advertisements.

Rob
Received on Monday, 18 August 2014 14:40:21 UTC

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