Some great points in the comments - and yes we can do these things to prevent ourselves from being tracked online:
“Use Firefox with Adblock plus, Noscript, Requestpolicy and a cookie manager.”
But do you think ‘grandma’ or ‘dad’ stereotypes know that?
My biggest beef is that all this tracking is a massive pink elephant in the room (the world) right now - when did it become ok for people to look at any of my online bits without my permission?
Yes we can protect against it but why do we have to?
People don’t just rock up at my house and look through my bits and that’s ok: it would be a crime without my permission - also if people did that I could literally SEE them - tracking is so covert that the majority are not even aware…
When did we get stripped of such a basic right?
Well no one knows because it was all ‘secret’ buried in the ‘too many pages for anyone in their right mind to read’ terms and conditions that we keep merrily clicking so we can get on with our fast paced lives. Well that my dear friends was our greatest downfall and our predictability has left us all wide open.
VOTE 1 for DON’T TRACK ME -
Google - Facebook - anyone
Ask my permission in a clear and up front way, so I understand the implications of my clicking, before you use my information for your own purposes.
I appreciate your service has a value. If your business plan depends on ‘tracking income’ then I am prepared to pay for your service in return for not being tracked. Ever.
But ethically no one should ever have said this type of covert tracking was ok - we need to get the power back people there are lots of us remember…
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-facebook-is-tracking-your-internet-activity-2012-9?op=1#ixzz273LvBOcW