Privacy Digest 15/22
iOS Privacy: Instagram and Facebook can track anything you do on any website in their in-app browser
A newly compiled analysis by @KrauseFx proves that Facebook and Instagram continue to track users through their in-app browsers on Apple devices, using a custom tracker codenamed ‘Meta Pixel’. You can escape this privacy trap in two ways: whenever you open a link from Instagram (or Facebook or Messenger) make sure to click the dots in the corner to open the page in Safari instead, helping you escape the in-app-webview. Another safer option would be to use the products in conventional browsers (if you can), where you have installed your preferred tracker blocker, Ghostery. That annihilates the tracking.
How to find out if you are involved in a data breach -- and what to do next
Here's a guide highlighting the tools you can use to determine if your account is at risk.
Why you need a secret phone number (and how to get one)
No, they're not just for spies, philanderers, or drug dealers.
Data Is The Nuclear Waste Of The Information Age: On Big Tech And Privacy
“They’re all redefining privacy to their own benefit in a lot of ways ... but obviously, I think privacy should be defined from the perspective of the user ... that’s the only perspective that actually counts.”
Will Europe Force a Facebook Blackout?
Regulators are close to stopping Meta from sending EU data to the US, bringing a years-long privacy battle to a head.
The iRobot Deal Would Give Amazon Maps Inside Millions of Homes
Why is the Roomba company worth $1.7 billion to Amazon? It’s not the dust, it’s the data.
Inside the Dark Industry Where Old Cellphones and Computers Go to Die
In Seelampur, India, workers dismantle discarded cellphones, computers, and other e-waste for less than $2 a day. The health consequences are dire.