urn:uuid:b6da0616-4d94-5840-b818-fdcbf6cc4f81 Topic: Privacy – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2022 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2022-03-09T14:37:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:1ddd439f-ce4e-4a98-bbae-90ac9f0242b3 2022-03-09T14:37:00Z 2022-03-09T14:37:00Z Some discouraging anecdotes on how services handle account deletions I asked 124 services to delete my user account. The results were mixed. 21 never responded, and 16 responded by created even more accounts. Some outright lied. <p>I set out to purge my password manager for unused accounts and services. I also took the opportunity to request that the companies that stored that data should delete it. The results were quite discouraging.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/account-deletions-2021.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:69da5b31-500a-4db1-b5cd-c003cb4ad92e 2022-02-22T13:07:00Z 2022-02-22T13:07:00Z The web is overrun by pop-ups and blockers haven’t worked in years You can now expect every website to inundate you with pop-ups for email lists, promotions, and privacy theater. (No, the GDPR isn’t to blame.) Enough is enough. <p>Virtually all web browsers have a built-in feature to suppress an annoyance from the early days of the web: pop-ups. However, the pop-up blockers of yesteryear no longer work on today’s web. There are pop-ups everywhere gating our entry into virtually all websites. What happened to the pop-up blocker?</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/pop-up-blocker.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:65e3ad7c-5c04-43e1-9dd7-b2785f28c7a2 2022-01-24T17:31:00Z 2022-01-24T17:31:00Z How a Hypercore P2P innovation could bring more privacy to IPFS IPFS want’s to replace HTTPS as the web’s content delivery protocol. However, it can’t do that without improving on user privacy. Hypercore has the solution. <p>The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), like many other peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks, has a privacy problem. IPFS clients constantly broadcast what they want to download and what is available for upload. Anyone that can observe your network traffic, like an internet service provider (ISP) or other snoops, can see what you’re sharing.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/dht-privacy-discovery-hash.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:dffee1c2-bae9-43a9-89d2-c22ed4c52657 2021-12-15T11:27:00Z 2021-12-15T11:27:00Z Should you fix errors and contribute to Google Maps for free? Google Maps is incredibly detailed and useful. But Google uses it for tracking and deliver ads. Should you contribute for free to build its monopoly? <p>Google Maps isn’t a public service, but we’re all treating it as such. It’s a private for-profit enterprise, and it wants you to work for it for free. So, should you help improve Google Maps for your community? — or not?</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/maps-public-service.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:1a72cbfe-ff75-45b4-a17e-1ab40f702f96 2021-10-23T16:56:00Z 2021-10-23T16:56:00Z How to limit Samsung Customization Service data collection Android Customization Service provides some extra features in exchange for your personal information. However, you can minimize the data it shares with Samsung. <p>Samsung customers have likely been prompted by their devices to opt into the Samsung Customization Service (SCS). The prompt doesn’t explain what SCS does beyond linking you to its longwinded privacy policy. I was uncomfortable turning it on without knowing more about it, so I read the privacy policy. Yikes. Samsung collects everything it can get its corporate paws on.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/samsung-oneui-customization-service.html">Read more …</a></p>