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Facebook Messenger still scans all messages, even with end-to-end encryption. Scanning is done locally on the device before text messages are sent and after received messages are decrypted.
Facebook privacy lol
A toot's got me wondering about the nature of consent in a specific way; I won't ever have an Alexa or anything like it, and maybe you won't either; but other people will.
And now I'm thinking, if you have one of these lumps of spyware in your home, should you be *required* to offer a formal warning to any visitors? I think so; you're required to place CCTV warnings if you run CCTV, and if anything systems like Alexa are more invasive, not less.
The data from a CCTV system might never leave the premises; the data from these "assistants" goes **directly** to servers outside either your *or* your host's control, where your voice may be datamined for any damned purpose the server owners choose.
Don't feel bad about saying "I don't wanna come over, you've got an Alexa running." It's not paranoia to be creeped out by AIs (or persons) unknown listening to your private conversations. It's *normal*. You don't *need* anything to "hide" for you desire not to *share* to be valid.
in case you missed the paywall skip extension for firefox before it got taken down by mozilla, here's a direct download link. go back to reading news sites without limits
If you're a US citizen, don't forget to collect your $125+ from Equifax's data-breach settlement: https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/
I hope eventually the pendulum swings the other way, and we move away from the Generation Sell mindset (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/opinion/sunday/the-entrepreneurial-generation.html) and back towards a more Gen X-like suspicion of marketing, promotion, and commercialism (or more succinctly: "bullshit")
Very Important, but: death, fascism
Yesterday a man put himself in a position to be murdered by cops.
Here's (allegedly) his own words why. You must read this. It will hurt, regardless of your background and beliefs. The author of this text is dead now, because he chose to die, for the reasons here.
tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism
urls often contain tracking information added to the end of them. when you are linking articles, stuff like the "utm_source" and "fbclid" sections allow people to track where you got the link from and how you are spreading it. this allows cops & corps to map out social groups.
while you can remove that stuff by hand, there's a firefox/chrome addon called "neat URL" that comes with an existing blocklist that automatically cleans off a lot of that stuff.
How to delete your #Google data
Have you seen this list of alternatives to Amazon's offerings? Not all entirely free/open, but definitely some options to say "not Amazon"
doctor mention, vent
so my husband's doctor's office decided the best way to reach him was to deny his medication refill request with no explanation and hope he'd call them. we were complaining to his mom about it, and she tried to argue that not only was that acceptable...
it's actually my husband's fault because no business has the time to reach out to their customers when they need to talk
and I'll understand that when I have more business experience (because my 8 years of running marketing departments apparently doesn't count).
it just feels to me like the business equivalent of refusing to tell someone what you're upset about and expecting them to read your mind.
I know it's late stage capitalism and all, but am I wrong for expecting a doctor's office to actually call when they need to reach a patient?
(I got in a big argument with my mother in law and am pretty upset and just wanted to vent. thanks.)
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