# Privacy

Monday, November 21, 2022

So, why is it so bad to teach Google/Twitter/Facebook… which things interests you, when they use that data to find you more of those things?

Think about it this way: when you see something that enrages you, you are pretty likely to check it out. Click on it and the system learns that this is of interest to you. So in order to keep you engaged (make you see one more ad), you get more and more of the things you hate. The door you just heard slamming shut? That’s your mental health, leaving the building.

This whole “privacy does not matter, just pay with your data” nonsense is pretty much the reason why corporate social media platforms turned into the shitholes, they are.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Privacy friendly apps

Just came across an interesting project by the University of Karlsruhe SECUSO Research Group.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Those who don’t take privacy serious because they have nothing to hide are usually the first to lament, when their elderly relatives fall for the latest grandparent scam.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Top 10 best Android safety tips 2022

Kidding, there's actually just one and the title is clickbait. Welcome to the internet, have a nice stay.

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Saturday, August 3, 2019

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

Commenting and improving on 'Thank Q, Next' by Bennett Cyphers, published on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Blog.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cookie consent banners are a joke. The real thread lies elsewhere

Cookie consent banners aren't just annoying and (according to the GDPR) unnecessary as long as no external trackers are used. They also distract from the the fact that the underlying issue, user tracking, has long since moved beyond the web and festered.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What exactly is a GSF ID? Where do I get it from and why should I care?

Let's dive deep into the Android OS and talk a bit about how app compatibility is determined and how big G keeps track of your device.