CNET: Google Chrome’s privacy changes will hit the web later this year

CNET: Google Chrome’s privacy changes will hit the web later this year. “Google’s Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort, later this year will begin testing the ‘privacy sandbox’ proposals it unveiled in 2019. The Chrome tests, which Google announced Tuesday, are part of an effort to make it harder for publishers, advertisers and data brokers to harvest your personal data without your permission and to track you online.”

MIT Technology Review: Most Americans think they’re being constantly tracked—and that there’s nothing they can do

MIT Technology Review: Most Americans think they’re being constantly tracked—and that there’s nothing they can do. “It’s not just that Americans (correctly) think companies are collecting their data. They don’t like it. About 69% of Americans are skeptical that companies will use their private information in a way they’re comfortable with, while 79% don’t believe that companies will come clean if they misuse the information.”

Engadget: Opera’s latest browser update will show you how much you’re being tracked

Engadget: Opera’s latest browser update will show you how much you’re being tracked. “With its previous release, Opera unveiled a tracker blocker for its browser that sped it up by up to 20 percent and offered more privacy, to boot. With the latest version, you’ll be able to see a list of those trackers to get an idea of just how often advertisers and websites are watching you.”

Lifehacker: Spinner Incepts Your Friends With Hyper-Targeted Ads

Lifehacker: Spinner Incepts Your Friends With Hyper-Targeted Ads. “The advertising industry is a cesspool of manipulation and misinformation. And now you can use it to convince your partner to let you get a dog. Or convince them to settle your divorce out of court, because they caught you using hyper-targeted internet ads to convince them to let you get a dog. The Spinner promises to serve content ads to one person of your choice, all pushing a specific agenda.”

Washington Post: Think you’re anonymous online? A third of popular websites are ‘fingerprinting’ you.

Washington Post: Think you’re anonymous online? A third of popular websites are ‘fingerprinting’ you.. “Just when you thought we had hit rock bottom on all the ways the Internet could snoop on us — no. We’ve sunk even lower. There’s a tactic spreading across the Web named after treatment usually reserved for criminals: fingerprinting. At least a third of the 500 sites Americans visit most often use hidden code to run an identity check on your computer or phone.”

New York Times: I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

New York Times: I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.. “Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times’s Privacy Project asked me whether I’d be interested in having all my digital activity tracked, examined in meticulous detail and then published — you know, for journalism. ‘Hahaha,’ I said, and then I think I made an ‘at least buy me dinner first’ joke, but it turned out he was serious. What could I say? I’m new here, I like to help, and, conveniently, I have nothing whatsoever at all to hide.”