They can match my Harris Teeter purchases to my Twitter account because I gave both those companies my email address and phone number and I agreed to all that data-sharing when I accepted those terms of service and the privacy policy.
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Here's where it gets truly nuts, though. If my phone is regularly in the same GPS location as another phone, they take note of that. They start reconstructing the web of people I'm in regular contact with.
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The advertisers can cross-reference my interests and browsing history and purchase history to those around me. It starts showing ME different ads based on the people AROUND me. Family. Friends. Coworkers.
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It will serve me ads for things I DON'T WANT, but it knows someone I'm in regular contact with might want. To subliminally get me to start a conversation about, I don't know, fucking toothpaste. It never needed to listen to me for this. It's just comparing aggregated metadata.
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The other thing is, this is just out there in the open. Tons of people report on this. It's just, nobody cares. We have decided our privacy just isn't worth it. It's a losing battle. We've already given away too much of ourselves. gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-…
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"We spotted a senior official at the Department of Defense walking through the Women’s March ... His wife was also on the mall that day, something we discovered after tracking him to his home in Virginia." nytimes.com/interactive/2019…
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So. They know my mom's toothpaste. They know I was at my mom's. They know my Twitter. Now I get Twitter ads for mom's toothpaste. Your data isn't just about you. It's about how it can be used against every person you know, and people you don't. To shape behavior unconsciously.
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Apple's latest updates let you block apps' tracking and Facebook is MAD. They're BEGGING you to just press accept and go back to business as usual. Block the fuck out of every app's ads. It's not just about you: your data reshapes the internet. vox.com/recode/22254815/face…
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How do you block the apps from sharing ad information?
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Update to iOS 14.5 at least, then go in Settings>Privacy>Tracking and you can either turn the Β«allow apps to request to trackΒ» toggle off so all apps can’t even dream tracking, or turn it on to choose some that you trust/favorise (like small medias dying) and fuck off the others!
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Why does everyone keep saying you need to update to the latest iOS when the option is present even back in iOS 14.1?

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I couldn't find a solid answer myself. Apple announced it as an iOS 14 feature and a lot of it got pushed until 14.5 due to pressure from fb That said there have been a few MAJOR security patches between 14.0 & 14.5 so I would recommend updating to the latest in any event!
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Because it wasn’t activated until iOS 14.5 and the prompts only appear after iOS 14.5, on iOS 14.1 the button exist but doesn’t do anything yet
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That's crazy that the button exists but doesn't actually do anything. Fake button on 14.1! Thanks for this info!
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