Don't ya'll think this data mining bit has done got outta hand?

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  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    In the UK there are laws coming into force soon whereby companies will have to be much more open about what info they collect on you so at least it should be transparent.


    True. It stems from the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect May 2018. It is an EU Regulation (meaning a law). The UK version of it is essentially the same.

    It brings in much stronger protections and rights for the individual concerning their personal data and importantly, makes it mandatory that the individual explicitly agrees to the way their data is used in order to process it.

    Where they are processing the data of EEA (and UK, post-Brexit) citizens, USA and other countries also have to abide by this law. It's a complex Regulation, but the bottom line is that companies need your explicit consent to process in the way that they do. The fines for non-compliance could be up to 4% of global revenue assuming enforced by individual national agencies.
     
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    Today I was on my roof fiddling with the TV antenna ( fiddler on the roof Haha ), and I realised it was pretty much dead. So when I came back down to earth, I figured I would see how much a new aerial would cost. Now before I did that, while the nascent thought was lolling around sleepily in its pyjamas, I got onto the net and checked my usual forums, and there were ads for TV antennas. I swear, I had not looked it up. How do they do it?!

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  3. Lonn

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    My wife and I were just discussing this sort of thing last night. We were looking at something on Yahoo and the sidebar was full of "hot latina" and "hot european" female sites. I am in fact married to a beautiful Eastern European woman but how any of those type sites would know is beyond me. She wasn't a mail order bride lol. I also get age related ads being a 55 year old male.
     
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    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here's a little thing you can do: log into your oogle account, and spend a while going over every single setting in "activity," there's a somewhat hidden option for deleting activity "for all time." There are a gazillion categories, and it takes a lot of bouncing around to get to each activity, but it is scary how much data they collect. Just on principle it is just weird. Do it for yourself and get other family members to do it on their accounts. You can also set up your preferences to not see targeted ads and you can "pause" your youube histories, etc. Driving data Oogle maps and aze, microphone, there are so many broad sweeps of data. Switch to a browser that doesn't track you like uck duck go. Use Ccleaner and Ccleaner Enhancer. With email there are a bunch of opt outs from the advertising initiative and a couple more anti-ad sites. For a smartphone, get "My Permissions Provacy Cleaner," I think it's $10 for a year, you'd be surprised how many apps have ridiculous default permissions. It fixes them for you automatically. Then get 1Blocker free. If you use a iPhone, there are a couple of good articles about advanced security and privacy settings that you can toggle to just set a minimal amount of security, kinda hidden settings in system services, etc. Periodically delete driving apps like aze and oogle maps and re download. Clear safari, reset advertising identifier. If you've had a ahoo account for a long time, get an app called Chuck to help organize all of your emails into separate folders, then once you've archived the important stuff, delete as many as you can.
     
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    I'm just grateful that my internet searches for 'midget and donkey porn' don't pop up on my wife's Kindle.
    :(
     
  6. jvin248

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    Do a google image search of 'gray hoverman antenna', find some wire to bend up and a balun, tape it down to a piece of wood or cardboard and hang that in the attic facing your big town with the television towers. It's as good as the store bought ones. Still might get some advertising from the image search ;)

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    For low grade protections of your typical browsing use Firefox and put in 'ublock origin' extension. You will be amazed at how much faster your computer+browser runs. They complain about Bitcoin Mining energy costs when advertising software consumption of pc resources is so much worse.

    For more serious security:
    https://tails.boum.org/
    https://tails.boum.org/about/index.en.html

    Don't use Facebook. If you do use it make sure you log out after each session as it is notorious for tracking your details until you do log out -- even weeks later and to the point it slows down your pc. And they know all they information you are giving them, those pictures of 'look what I ate!' are going right to your health insurance company actuarial tables...

    Walk into a conventional retail store and this is the type of information they are collecting if they subscribe to special software and beacons. Of course it's so they know to stock the special widgets that will sell best.

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    http://www.behavioranalyticsretail.com/7-technologies-to-track-people/
    http://time.com/money/4506297/how-retailers-track-you/

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  7. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    In addition to what is mentioned above, If you use fb also go to your activity settings and individually delete every activity it has logged in every category you can, takes hours if you have been on it for a while - clear browser history under account settings, periodically delete the whole app. You will not believe just how many things are logged on their platform.
     
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    Got a speech search thing with google open or used it in past? Spoken about aerials near it with anyone?

    Its constantly listening for trigger keywords but everything is heard/processed.

    Or they could have just hacked some local CCTV, saw you on the roof and guessed ‘aerial repair’.
     
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    I'm using Gboard, Google's keyboard app. Anyone think this is a good idea? :D

    Also, I'm 60 percent certain voice information is being accessed on my phone to direct ads to my sole "social media" account (IG). This place doesn't count it's like Web 1.5 around here...
     
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  10. beagle

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    Cookies? Aren't they something like biscuits that you eat? No tracking, no third party cookies, no ads. No Gooble, Facepal or twitting. Life is much quieter this way.
     
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    Strategic targeted psycho-demographic analysis. Ahh..they even did that in the 70s.
    Actually I data mine, but, not public records.

    We got a coupon book in the mail last week that had a coupon for everything
    we bought the previous month from some supermarket.
     
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    There is an unmarked white van with lots of antennas on it parked in front of my house .
    Is this connected to TDPRI ... :eek: should I be worried ?
     
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    clear cache
     
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    Im alright with it. It actually makes my google searches much more easy just to input the first letter or two and have the search come up.

    It even listens through the mic on my phone because several times an ad comes on TV and then I google the subject of the ad. First letter in and presto, the search bar suggests the word I was going to type.

    My life is really not that interesting. If someone wants to follow me around in cyberspace, they get what they deserve.
     
  15. Despres

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    The targeted ads are very bizarre. A few months ago, I paused in the grocery store long enough to compare the labels between V8 and low sodium V8, and sure enough, I had an ad for V8 pop up the next day. I had a similar experience looking at jackets at a store - I certainly did not google v8 or jackets. I have also had things pop up that I swear I only had a conversation about. All of these make me wonder if my phone is listening to my conversations when it is 'turned off' and tracking my location close enough to know which side of the aisle I am on in a store. Seems far-fetched but it has happened a few times.
     
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    I like the ads and google searches to pander to the things I am interested in.

    It seems useful.

    I don't why people take offense to it.
     
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    Not at all, but, you might want to save the deals at the motels, you know, just in case.
     
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    It's REALLY tough coming up with a good solid reason for that isn't it? :oops::oops::oops::lol::lol::lol:
     
  19. 8barlouie

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    I remember Pete Townshend explained that he was trying to catch pediphiles in the act when it was discovered he had inappropriate contacts with children on his computer. Not sure if that flew.
     
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    I hope no one sees my searches on giving enemas and alligators! Wait, what IS that on the edge of my screen??? Hmm, it's not as difficult as one would imagine given the proper training AND tools, available RIGHT NOW from Alligator Mac! (Shipped discretely to your home)
     
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