“The new report argues that YouTube hasn’t done enough. Researchers collected more than 1,600 videos from 191 parents that their children, all younger than 8, watched on YouTube’s main site this year. Among the findings: Ads were present on 95% of the videos in the study. A fifth of the ads were categorized as age inappropriate — a bourbon commercial on a nail painting video for girls; another ad, during a video game clip, that asked, “should the U.S. deport illegal immigrants?””
Source : Kids on YouTube See Many Ads, Few Educational Videos: Study – Bloomberg
“Safari continues to pave the way for privacy on the web, this time as the first mainstream browser to fully block third-party cookies by default. As far as we know, only the Tor Browser has featured full third-party cookie blocking by default before Safari, but Brave just has a few exceptions left in its blocking so in practice they are in the same good place. We know Chrome wants this behavior too and they announced that they’ll be shipping it by 2022.”
Source : Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking and More | WebKit
“The data shared included:
- drug names entered into Drugs.com were sent to Google’s ad unit DoubleClick.
- symptoms inputted into WebMD’s symptom checker, and diagnoses received, including “drug overdose”, were shared with Facebook.
- menstrual and ovulation cycle information from BabyCentre ended up with Amazon Marketing, among others.
- keywords such as “heart disease” and “considering abortion” were shared from sites like the British Heart Foundation, Bupa and Healthline to companies including Scorecard Research and Blue Kai (owned by software giant Oracle).
In eight cases (with the exception of Healthline and Mind), a specific identifier linked to the web browser was also transmitted — potentially allowing the information to be tied to an individual — and tracker cookies were dropped before consent was given. Healthline confirmed that it also shared unique identifiers with third parties.
None of the websites tested asked for this type of explicit and detailed consent.”
Source : How top health websites are sharing sensitive data with advertisers | Financial Times
“it’s not the only user-unfriendly land grab we’ve seen Microsoft test out recently. Microsoft aborted a short-sighted attempt to scare people away from Google’s Chrome web browser in September, and it tried to shuffle Mail users to its Microsoft Edge browser any time they clicked a link, back in March.”
Source : Microsoft wants to put ads in Windows email — and it’s already testing them out (update) – The Verge
“Earlier this week, The Intercept was able to select “white genocide conspiracy theory” as a pre-defined “detailed targeting” criterion on the social network to promote two articles to an interest group that Facebook pegged at 168,000 users large and defined as “people who have expressed an interest or like pages related to White genocide conspiracy theory.” The paid promotion was approved by Facebook’s advertising wing. After we contacted the company for comment, Facebook promptly deleted the targeting category, apologized, and said it should have never existed in the first place.”
Source : Facebook Allowed Advertisers to Target Users Interested in “White Genocide” — Even in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre
“La principale nouveauté introduite au cours de la dernière décennie tient à l’émergence d’un troisième marché, venant se superposer à la vente de produits culturels et à celle de l’attention qu’ils attirent. Ce sont désormais nos « traces attentionnelles » qui font l’objet du commerce dont se nourrit l’économie de l’attention. L’innovation la plus « disruptive » des media électroniques ne tient pas à ce qui s’affiche sur nos écrans numériques, mais aux informations moissonnées à propos des gestes attentionnels que l’interactivité nous invite à exercer ”
Source : Big data : « Ce sont désormais nos “traces attentionnelles” qui font l’objet du commerce »
“Nous croyons qu’Internet est une économie de l’intention et non de l’attention. Telle est notre proposition de valeur pour les annonceurs : nous leur permettons de répondre aux intentions des utilisateurs qui les recherchent, au moment où ils les recherchent. Dépouiller la navigation en ligne de tout contenu inutile, c’est finalement créer un cercle vertueux. Les utilisateurs y trouvent leur compte grâce à une navigation plus simple. Les annonceurs gagnent en visibilité dans un environnement plus fluide.”
Source : Big data : « Chez Google, nous croyons qu’Internet est une économie de l’intention et non de l’attention »
“The biggest question surrounding the device: Why should anyone trust Facebook enough to put Facebook-powered microphones and video cameras in their living room or kitchen? Given Facebook’s year of privacy and security issues, privacy around the device — including what data Facebook collects and how it’s used — has been an important part of the story surrounding Portal.”
Source : It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads – Recode