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My two (enormous) stories about how companies turn you and your data into cash, and how to stop them, are both out today! You can read them for free!

Happy that I was able to work in shout-outs to and @pixelfed

pcmag.com/article/364152/how-c

pcmag.com/article/364153/onlin

@maxeddy

The irony is not lost on me that all the popup notification requests, desire to access my mobile microphone and camera, and cookie warnings on this site crashed my browser before I could read your article.

@pixelfed

@RussSharek @maxeddy Constant reflows from ads being loaded async made me quit reading the article on my phone out of frustration.

@trwnh

Agreed. What's particularly shocking is that this site exhibits what is now considered 'normal' behavior by mainstream users.

@maxeddy

@RussSharek @trwnh I am truly sorry for the bad experience. Using Pocket or a browser's Reading Mode should alleviate the issues, but I totally understand the frustration.

@RussSharek @maxeddy @trwnh Maybe set up an independent blog that doesn't have that kind of adware :star_eyes:

@geschnattere @pixelfed Thank you! The interviews started in February and there were more than a few times were I wasn't certain it would see the light of day.

@maxeddy

@pixelfed
Interesting read! Worrisome that you have to hand over your personal information to a service (Abine) in order to get your stuff offline. The money-maker is the profiles generated by these companies which provide a "narrative" about you that is not your own. Anyway to do this without signing for a service like Abine?

@mediumchat Absolutely! Most of these companies have take-down mechanisms. But finding which services have your information and contacting them is time consuming. Your information can also end up back on the same data broker later on and require another take down notice. It's annoying!

@maxeddy
Wow! That is indeed annoying. But, necessary finally. I guess this is why education of the general public will become even more important. I think what will help society in the long run is if people start to make the effort to care enough to follow these things, like they do now for their credit reports and the like. #education #literacy #dataprotection

@maxeddy ok i understand
no way to read the strips without accepting *anything*
the world we live in 😖
@pixelfed

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