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Choosing an adblocker that best fits your preferences

Reviewing adblockers for your browser

It may be a pop-up that blocks you from accessing a website. Or perhaps that video that starts playing on a volume your deaf neighbour can hear. At some point, online advertisements become too intrusive to deal with. This week I review some of the most popular adblockers to help you choose the one that fits your preferences for advertisements.

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Google Chrome Adblocker: protecting the advertisement business

Google’s attempt at strong-arming the industry

We all know them, those highly annoying advertisements. Your screen gets blocked, a large advertisement loads and you’re forced to wait before you can continue. Such advertisements may soon belong to the past. Google Chrome is getting a built-in adblocker aimed at improving the user experience by blocking bad advertising practices. But why? What’s the catch?

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Giving up privacy: trade-off or resignation?

Different conclusions from the same argument

One of the most common beliefs about privacy is that consumers don’t care for it. They don’t mind the data collection and aren’t worried about what’s done with it. To them, the trade-off of giving up privacy in exchange for personalised services is either a neutral or a good thing. But do they really think that? Research point in a radically different direction.

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Dead at conception: the European Cookie Law

A retrospective of an unenforceable piece of legislation

The European Cookie Law was intended to protect internet users from unbridled tracking. It aimed to make internet users more privacy-aware and to make tracking mechanisms explicit. When the law was set in place, the internet braced itself for a European Union ready to flex its muscles. But nothing happened. How come?

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In a time where digital innovations are lauded by the world, those with any interest in privacy have ample reason to become increasingly disquieted. 2017 saw one of the biggest data breaches in history, increasing regulatory pressure on privacy and scarily effective security threats. Though not all is doom and gloom, a word of worry should be uttered for the increasing digital threats and their unfathomable scale. Let’s look at the worst 2017 had to offer.

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