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how private is your social network?

The Canadian Access to Social Media Information Project has a clear look at the Privacy Policies of 20 of the top ‘social’ media sites.
Follow this link and click on the icon of your social media site and see the results.

highly recommended

hattip Naked Security

a billion for what exactly?

yahoo buys tumblr – promises the moon – and all i got was this crappy home page…

I guess cramming at that target to market ad code is taking a toll

oh! I know! it’s a missing vowel problem…

cookie wrangling 1

This is not a webpage but a third party attempt to target to market your ass. Fuck 'em
Your internet connection is fine. This is a target to market attempt.
Fuck ’em.

You wanna sell me shit? Pay my fucking internet bill!!

Here is today’s pearl of wisdom. If the 2-300 million folks connected did not pay their internet bills, you marketing assholes would be selling each other used cars. And as soon as everybody else gets fed up, you quick ones will be selling used cars. The slow ones will be asking about adding fries to that order.

overmatched

ever have one of those days where you are just overmatched?
today is one of them

TV LIne Your Privacy 0 Cookies 20 and Trackers 4

I watch TV. Probably more than I should. One of the things the internet is good for is finding about TV shows.

One of the sites I use daily is TV Line. They have a lot of official previews of episodes and upcoming shows.

They post video from the major and minor networks. Most of them run fine, until you run ad blocking software.

The theory of previews is to generate interest in shows to display ads to get you to buy shit you can probably do without.

NBC has figured that they need to shove an Ad in your face before you see the preview.
Meet the three M’s Monetizing Marketing Monkeys.

In FireFox you get to the NBC logo and then it just stops.

IN chrome in private browsing mode, you lose 30 seconds of your life you will never get back to see a preview for a show you may or may not watch is really the height of arrogance.

This photo tells that story

TV Line Chrome Private Browser Screen Capture

But Wait There’s More!
as the page is loading you are being probed, data mined and fed cookies to track you across the web.

Here are the most recent cookies that TV Line attempted to set.

AddThis
http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js?ver=2#username=xa-4bbd7ba971057c32

Adobe Digital Marketing (Omniture)
http://www.nbc.com/js_scripts/s_code.js?v=13
BuzzFeed
http://ct.buzzfeed.com/wd/UserWidget?u=tvline.com&to=1&or=vb&wid=1&cb=1368488146214
ChartBeat
http://static.chartbeat.com/js/chartbeat.js
Crazy Egg
http://dnn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net/pages/scripts/0011/4414.js
DoubleClick
http://ad.doubleclick.net/N3782/adi/tvline/ros;sz=728×90;host=tvline.com;pos=top;dcopt=ist;kw=fall-tv-preview;kw=trailers-and-promos;kw=video;kw=dracula;kw=ironside;kw=nbc;kw=the-michael-j-fox-show;kw=fall-preview-videos;kw=featured-articles;mtfInline=TRUE;mtfIFPath=/wp-content/themes/vip/pmc-plugins/partner/doubleclick/;tile=1;ord=94294976140372450

http://ad.doubleclick.net/N3782/adi/tvline/ros;sz=620×250;host=tvline.com;pos=bottom;dcopt=ist;kw=fall-tv-preview;kw=trailers-and-promos;kw=video;kw=dracula;kw=ironside;kw=nbc;kw=the-michael-j-fox-show;kw=fall-preview-videos;kw=featured-articles;mtfInline=TRUE;mtfIFPath=/wp-content/themes/vip/pmc-plugins/partner/doubleclick/;tile=2;ord=94294976140372450

http://ad.doubleclick.net/N3782/adi/tvline/ros;sz=300×600;host=tvline.com;pos=top;kw=fall-tv-preview;kw=trailers-and-promos;kw=video;kw=dracula;kw=ironside;kw=nbc;kw=the-michael-j-fox-show;kw=fall-preview-videos;kw=featured-articles;mtfInline=TRUE;mtfIFPath=/wp-content/themes/vip/pmc-plugins/partner/doubleclick/;tile=3;ord=94294976140372450

http://ad.doubleclick.net/N3782/adi/tvline/ros;sz=300×250;host=tvline.com;pos=bottom;kw=fall-tv-preview;kw=trailers-and-promos;kw=video;kw=dracula;kw=ironside;kw=nbc;kw=the-michael-j-fox-show;kw=fall-preview-videos;kw=featured-articles;mtfInline=TRUE;mtfIFPath=/wp-content/themes/vip/pmc-plugins/partner/doubleclick/;tile=4;ord=94294976140372450

Google AJAX Search API

http://www.google.com/uds/api/search/1.0/5530b85faafd53e1d394092d8d1eb26a/default+en.css
http://www.google.com/uds/api/search/1.0/5530b85faafd53e1d394092d8d1eb26a/default+en.I.js
NetRatings SiteCensus

http://secure-us.imrworldwide.com/cgi-bin/m?ci=us-203220h&cg=0&cc=1&si=http%3A//tvline.com/2013/05/13/fall-2013-nbc-michael-j-fox-show-video/&rp=&ts=compact&rnd=1368488146202
Quantcast
http://edge.quantserve.com/quant.js
http://edge.quantserve.com/quant.js

ScoreCard Research Beacon
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
http://beacon.securestudies.com/crossdomain.xml
WordPress Stats
http://s.stats.wordpress.com/w.js?21

But Wait There’s More! Your so called Social Sites are tracking you too.

Google +1
Twitter
Comscore Beacon
Facebook Connect
Google Analytics

Those cute buttons for facebook twitter google+1. Trackers.

ScoreCard Research Beacon is interesting being called 6 times.

Maybe the webmaster is lazy.

If you wonder why your surfing is so slow you can thank the trackers above. All this crap happens before the page loads.

What the world needs is a browser plugin that accepts cookies, and any other information scripting tries to get, rewrites them to Zeros and ships them back.

Fill enough servers and data miners with no information, they will go home.

Bonus Link:
Dark Google: One Year Since Search Terms Went “Not Provided”

It’s a start.

the cloud The Cloud THE CLOUD

the cloud The Cloud THE CLOUD!

Remember Fantasy Island? The Magical Place with umbrella drinks and a staff who sorted out the problems you didn’t know you had while you were on vacation?

Yep Boys and Girls, The CLOUD!!, the latest nonsense from the freaks and geeks inhabiting the basements of Software Marketers, Social Media and their red headed stepchildren, the Internet Identity folks.

In a nutshell cloud computing means having files located on a computer somewhere else and making them available to you wherever, and whenever you are connected to the Internet.

The theory is that having your files located in the cloud, your company can be more productive, folks can work from anywhere, and hand over the hassle of managing your companies data, applications, and business information, both public and private to a third party who promises to make them secure, lower the cost of ownership, and have rainbows shooting out of your ass at the next shareholders meeting.

Microsoft has a strong vested interest in getting companies into the cloud as they are trying to move the core office applications to the internet like Office 365, moving everyone they can to Outlook.com in an attempt to keep the revenue up as personal computing sales have dropped, Windows 8 can be characterized as either Vista2, or BOB 3,(BOB 2 being Windows Me) depending on how far back your memory goes. Subscriptions are the new green at Microsoft. They are not alone. Google, Amazon, and others are offering you the cloud also.

Think about having your companies data on a computer located outside of your control, on the internet, which has a nasty habit getting broadcast far outside your network. Can you say Wikileaks?

Doc Searls who I know and love, has spent probably longer on the web than I have, whose work on Digital Identity and VRM is second to none, recently introduced the concept of the Personal Cloud.

Doc’s perspective on Digital Identity and VRM Vendor Relationship Management is filtered by his earlier life owning and running an Advertising Agency. He views the Internet as a place where we should be in charge of our Digital Identity and through that mechanism also Manage Relationships with Vendors aks companies that want to sell us stuff. We just disagree on how to manage those relationships.

My response to VRM is ARM aka Advertiser Rights Management [1] [2]. Block them all and find what you are looking for yourownself.

Doc and I agree that our digital identity has to be under our control. Establishing a Bombproof Digital Identity is an enormously thorny problem, technically. The best and brightest are working on it.

The Cloud are your files located somewhere else addressable across the internet. Sort of like this website. More on that in a minute.

Which brings us to The Personal Cloud.

Let me see…..
files stored on a computer somewhere else, Check!
available across the internet Check!
tied to someone Check!
secured under many layers of encryption Not so Much.

Holy Crap Pixel Man!
Welcome to the head lemurs personal cloud.
This is also my digital identity.

See! we already have personal clouds. Mine probably isn’t as fluffy as most, but hey its mine.

A Mickey Mouse PR Stunt

The interwebs are reporting that the Walt Disney Company is pulling production of its toys and clothing out of factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Hard to move stuff if the factory burns down. Doesn’t help if the workers are killed either.
Over at Deadline.com a site concerned with the movie biz was this gem:

The company said its decision was based on a World Bank report that assesses how countries are governed. Metrics used in the report included accountability, corruption and violence;
Source: Deadline.com

So until the World Bank tells you that some places are incredibly fucked up and no amount of capitalism will overcome greed or worker safety, its okay.

According to a CNN report is this nugget:

“After much thought and discussion we felt this was the most responsible way to manage the challenges associated with our supply chain,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products.
Source: CNN

Whew! I am so glad that they have their supply chain in hand. Atta boy BOB!! Really! Getting yer funky ass out in front of this supply chain noose. Names like Nike or Adidas ring a bell? Seems like they got dinged for using foreign factories for their supply chains. Years Ago….

So remember folks, the next time you want to pick up some merchandise, be sure to look for the label that says:

NO WORKERS WERE STARVED,BEATEN, OR KILLED MAKING THIS PRODUCT!