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Cookieless cookies  Tags: webdevelopment, privacy.
I've made a little one-page project about tracking users using ETag headers instead of cookies. It's not new, but many websites employ this while nobody knows about it.

The page pretty much speaks for itself, so here it is:

http://lucb1e.com/rp/cookielesscookies/
Bitcoin  Tags: privacy, security, other.
You know laws and banks right? Financial constructions, interest rates (the magic multiplication of your money), inflation (the magic disappearing of your money), etc. Transferring money across borders is subject to taxes that I don't even know of (why do they mention donations are tax-deducible on Wikipedia and The Internet Archive?), and your bank usually makes you pay a fee.

Paypal partially fixes this, but they are blocked in over 60 countries. Why? Not because of Paypal's own interest surely; the more users they have, the more money they can make.
What'sUpp with your malware policy?  Tags: networking, apps, privacy.
WhatsApp for Symbian is badly written malicious software as far as I can see. Moreover, their TOS and Privacy Policy looks good on first sight, until you read it carefully. Also I noticed most users still manage to miss the text saying that it's not actually free after a year.

In short: It remains active 24/7 (including a network connection, preferably by 3G) even after closing it in every possible way; it alters your phone software; and they can sell your user data if they want to. The TOS I agree with on install cannot be viewed, but if I want to sue them over using my phonebook without permission (or even telling me) I'd apparently have to pay the lawyers for them as well as my own.
Why Facebook works  Tags: social networks, privacy, websites, randomthought.
I finally got it! The reason why Facebook still exists and rules over all other social networks.
Many people say Facebook has privacy issues. But it are not issues, not at all. It is their business model and, more importantly, their marketing model. People come to Facebook at first to find out about other people. Or let's call "people" Joe. Through their name Joe finds where the person lives, his/her relationship status, and even recent photos.

Then, Joe want to reply to that photo or event the person went to, perhaps Joe was there too or wanted to go there.
My experiment about user privacy  Tags: privacy, websites, security.
This first part is mostly about the experiment mentioned in the title, further on there is a part more about passwords (thought I'd mention it as it's tagged with 'passwords' as well).
As announced in a previous blogpost, here it is: The experiment I conducted on a forum to see how users respond when their privacy is brutally void by a third party. To give you an idea what the scope of this was: on the forum there are about about 164 messages posted every day, from which I do on average 2.9 every day for the past 3.5 years.


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