firefox, trackers and ghostery

pete smout psmouty at
Thu Jul 18 10:16:47 UTC 2013

On 18/07/13 11:09, Patrick Asselman wrote:
> On 2013-07-17 13:14, Sajan Parikh wrote:
>> On 07/17/2013 04:41 AM, pete smout wrote:
>>> True except when you substitute face for IP then with the help of
>>> some software your 'entire online' footprint becomes available to
>>> them. Simply put you bought some bananas at store A, some milk and
>>> ice cream at store B, Store A can then put 2 + 2 together and assume
>>> the you are making banana smoothies when in-fact all you wanted was
>>> some bananas to take for a snack at work tomorrow, some milk for a
>>> cup of coffee, and ice cream for pudding! My point being that
>>> incorrect conclusions can be made from the most innocent of activities!
>> Absolutely, but the type of incorrect conclusions that are made in
>> advertising are limited to advertisers showing you a banana smoothie.
>> Is that really such a giant inconvenience?  If you were trying to
>> imply a larger point, I will put this out there.  In the U.S., of the
>> string of criminal prosecutions where the IP address was the sole
>> piece of evidence linked to the plaintiff, I'm fairly positive not a
>> single one was convicted.
> The smoothie was just an example of course, you need to extrapolate.
> Imagine a farmer ordering fertilizer and diesel online. Those are two
> ingredients for explosives. So with misinterpretation that would make
> him a suspect of terrorist activities. Imagine he also just bought a gun
> a week ago, and a ticket to New York to visit his cousin who lives
> there. Imagine him sending an email to his cousin stating that they will
> have a "bang of a party" when he arrives. I think he's already half way
> to Guantanamo if all these facts are misinterpreted.
> By the way I found your lates blog post interesting to read. The one
> where you state that you are trying to use Google's services less,
> though you don't really know why. It put a grin on my face.
> Best regards,
> Patrick
Of course you need to extrapolate. My mind does not work in a 'criminal'
way and that was the best example I thought of when writing that post!

What blog? I dont have one that I know of......perhaps I should start
one, but then would I not be feeding the beast I am complaining about?


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